Impending Free Agent Gold Glover Goes Under The Knife

He played through a flexor tendon injury for the entire second half of the season, and went from an OPS+ of 107 in the four months to a struggling 57 in the final couple of months. Now, impending free agent outfielder David Peralta of the Los Angeles Dodgers has undergone surgery to correct the problem in his throwing arm. 

Peralta came to LA in 2023 at the age of 35 on a one-year contract, looking to fill one of the Dodgers' outfield spots, which he did, at a decent clip for much of the season. But he struggled at various times, likely due to the injury, and didn't hit a single home run for the season's final two months while watching his average and OPS take a tumble.

His fielding led to him being named a finalist for a Gold Glove in left field, an award he's won once before, in 2019, while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

How much the surgery affects Peralta's free agency remains to be seen, as the now-36-year-old won't be ready to start hitting and throwing again until March, when spring training is well underway. 

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