WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Jhonny Peralta and the Cleveland Indians both got the security they sought Friday when the shortstop agreed to a $13 million, five-year contract with a club option for 2011.
Peralta emerged as one of the top offensive shortstops in baseball last year, his first full season in the major leagues. He batted .292 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI in 141 games -- setting a franchise record for homers by a shortstop with one more than Woodie Held hit in 1961.
"I think I can do even better this season," Peralta said. "I feel much more comfortable."
An ecstatic Peralta said he now can support his parents comfortably in retirement.