1. David Peralta
One freight train, please!
The issue for David Peralta over the course of this season and the past several years has been consistency, not hard contact. And although his Diamondbacks are keeping things interesting thus far this year, I don’t think they’d be opposed to dealing him for the right return in the second-to-last year of a $7.3 million AAV contract.
If Gary Sánchez goes elsewhere in trade, this would basically be a one-for-one contract replacement.
Famously rescued from Indy Ball and set afloat in the desert, Peralta has ranked in the top 8% of the league (at least) in maximum exit velocity for every season of his career. He stings the baseball…on occasion. Overall this season, he’s in the 93rd percentile for maximum velocity, but still in the solidified 78th percentile for average velocity, and a bit lower in the 62nd percentile for hard hit percentage.
There’s a ton to like here, though, from a hitter who rarely strikes out (91st % in K rate!) and generally hits the ball extremely hard more often than not.
The 33-year-old deserves the chance to be a powerful piece on a contending team, and has played right and center sparingly over the course of his career, too (once again, “sparingly” is better than what Tyler Wade could provide as a backup).
Peralta makes more sense if Clint Frazier’s struggles continue and he requires a demotion, but either way, there’s a very intriguing profile here.