As the trade deadline quickly approaches, the Arizona Diamondback’s David Peralta is one of the more intriguing names on the trading block this season. Although he is in his age 33 season and experiencing his worst offensive season since 2016, perhaps it is time for a change of scenery for the veteran outfielder.
Peralta would be more than a rental for a competing team as he signed a 3-year $22 million extension prior to the 2020 season. Despite his age, in the right system he could be an excellent fit and offensive producer for a team that is looking to compete this year and next year.
The Chicago White Sox could fortify their outfield and their offense with the addition of Peralta. While Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert work their way back from injury, the loss of Yasmani Grandal leaves them without the steady veteran presence in their line up. Peralta also would mix in well with a very right handed White Sox line up and give them some much needed offensive production from the left side of the plate.
Presently the White Sox have the 7th best wRC+ from left handed hitters in the Major Leagues, but a bulk of those plate appearances have come from the now injured Grandal. If Gavin Sheets should struggle after a hot start, Peralta could provide some much needed left handed thump in the outfield for the Sox as they make their playoff push.
Speaking of right handed dominant line ups, the New York Yankees continue to hang around the wild card conversation in the American League and have struggled from the left side of the plate this season. Currently the Yankees have been the third least productive offensive unit from the left side of the plate in the Major Leagues. While Peralta may not be the most exciting acquisition, he could be a very solid and necessary presence in the Yankees’ right hand dominant line up.
The Cleveland Indians may also be a good fit for David Peralta as they are another team that has struggled to produce from the left side of the plate. However, the Indians may think $7.5 million over the next year and a half may be too steep a price tag to pay for a team that has been historically conservative with their expenses.
The Oakland Athletics have done exceptionally well from the left side of the plate this season, but their primary regulars in the outfield are mostly right handed. Between Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano, Peralta would be an excellent fit in left field and in the DH spot when the A’s return to full strength. The extra year of team control and the A’s ability to get the most out of their veteran bats may make Oakland one of the better landing spots for the veteran outfielder.
Finally the Rays would be another potential landing spot for David Peralta. Although the Rays outfield features primarily left handed bats when at full strength, Peralta could give the Rays more depth at the DH spot and take reps in left field to help manage the workloads of Randy Arozarena and Austin Meadows. While this may not be a perfect fit, the price for Peralta’s services and the Rays considerable Minor League depth could make this an interesting match.
While David Peralta is on the wrong side of 30 years old and in the midst of his worst offensive season, he is still carrying a 95 wRC+ into the second half of the season. He is a hot streak or change of scenery away from being back to his usual production levels and would be an excellent addition to any competing team’s outfield. The Arizona Diamondback’s free fall may have something to do with his lack of production. Peralta may not be the most glamorous name on the market, but with advances in training and hitting instruction it seems that Peralta may be more geared to throw off the aging curve for another season and a half.