Brewers Investment in Freddy Peralta is a Smart One
Milwaukee Brewers made a move this morning and gave Freddy Peralta an extension. He received a five-year deal worth 15 million dollars with the chance to increase it to 30 million based on performance. Milwaukee did a savvy thing with the young pitcher. Peralta is at the age of 23 with room to grow. He showed flashes of being great in both as a starter and the bullpen. As he continues to work on getting the third pitch in his arsenal, the tools are all there for him to be a dominant pitcher for this baseball team. This is a worthwhile investment by Stearns and friends.
Freddy Peralta deal with #Brewers, per source: Five years, $15.5M plus two club options that could bring value to $30M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 26, 2020
Peralta is locked into making the Brewers this season. Craig Counsell confirmed as much. Where he will be is remained to be seen. I would keep him in the bullpen and create a force with him and Brent Suter. Milwaukee paying him this amount of money means they think he will be a legitimate starter for the team at some point. Yet, this isn’t something that needs to happen this year. He is only the ripe age of 23, which is exactly the reason why put some money in the right-hander.
If Peralta is ready to take that next step as a starter, I’m all for that idea too. Brewers know their staff better than we do. Right now, they’re preaching the ability to be flexible all over the roster. This part drives the projection models and the doom and gloom guys crazy, but this is exactly why Brewers could succeed. If Peralta and Corbin Burnes bounce back as starters, how much better are the Brewers next season? Or even one of those guys coming through with a strong season.
Good for Fastball Freddy and let’s hope he comes through with some more pitches. He is an electric pitcher to watch and glad we get to watch him in the next five years.