Cardinals release Jhonny Peralta

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The St. Louis Cardinals have released Jhonny Peralta. They designated him for assignment on Friday, but it was a mortal certainty he was going to clear waivers given that the Cards are paying him $10 million this year. If he was claimed, his new team would have to pay him. Now that he’s been released he could be had for the league minimum.

Peralta is 35. He’s hitting a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances this year. He’s had more ups and down in his career than a lot of players have — many have written him off for dead in the past, only to see him rebound — but he may not have any bounces left in him.

Still, given that he’s making almost nothing, I wouldn’t be shocked if some team in need of infield depth took a chance on the guy.