A modest rumor for your evening before the Cubs and Brewers get underway.
In his report on the Diamondbacks finally flipping the switch and deciding intently to sell, Jon Morosi specifically calls out the Cubs as still interested in outfielder David Peralta.
We’ve talked about Peralta quite a bit, because there had been a lot to like about him, but the reality of his current situation is this: he’s a 32-year-old platoon corner outfielder (unplayable against lefties), who plays solid but not spectacular defense, is coming off a repeated shoulder issue that may or may not have crushed his power, and he’s making $7 million this year (with one more year of team control).
For the Cubs, taking on a couple million in salary is likely a non-starter even if they saw the fit, which means they’d have to give up a really solid prospect package for a total lottery ticket (and if you’re the Diamondbacks, you have to be willing to give up Peralta at a lower-than-previous cost because of the injury, despite the fact that he’s under control for one more year). I think that’s really, really hard to find a match.
And then there’s the question of fit. The Cubs have mostly been crushed by lefty starters this year, and Peralta is at best a zero impact move on that front – and at worst, actually hurts you if you are forced to play him periodically against lefties. And when he does play against righties – historically, he’s crushed them – you’re sporting an outfield that’s nicely loaded with lefties who can really hit righties, but the defense (Schwarber-Heyward-Peralta) across the outfield is going to look ugly at times.
Maybe the upside in the bat is worth it, to have a really great lineup against righties? If, you know, you aren’t worried about the shoulder injury, from which Peralta just returned a couple days ago, AND from which he has hit just .241/.328/.370 (83 wRC+) in the 122 plate appearances since it popped up the first time.
Again, to me it only makes sense if the acquisition price is a song, and at that level, it doesn’t make sense for the Diamondbacks to trade him.