The Cardinals will be without shortstop Jhonny Peralta for up to three months and they are exploring options to help replace him at shortstop. One player that the organization is considering is Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
Cafardo cautions that the Cardinals are “just starting” their search process for shortstops, but Ahmed is, at the very least, on the list of potential trade targets for St. Louis. As it stands, the Cardinals’ internal candidates to fill in at short are Jedd Gyorko, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia. For different reasons, none of those three players are ideal for the role. Gyorko was ID’d by some as the main candidate to fill-in for Peralta early on, but he has limited experience at the shortstop position.
It’s not hard to imagine the Diamondbacks parting with the defensively-gifted Ahmed for the right price. The D’Backs could start Chris Owings at second base and Jean Segura at shortstop, making Ahmed somewhat expendable. On Sunday morning, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote that one Diamondbacks official indicated that he would be comfortable seeing Ahmed relegated to a utility role or made into a trade candidate.
Peralta’s timetable on his left thumb injury could theoretically line him up for a return in early June, but Mark Saxon of ESPN reported that his return would more likely be around the All-Star break in July. Last week, MLBTR’s Steve Adams ran down possible replacements the Cardinals could bring in for the injured Peralta. Steve listed Ahmed as a trade possibility, along with D’Backs teammate Chris Owings and several other interesting names.