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Jhonny Peralta hopes the Tigers pick up his $7 million option for next season

Aug 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

Traded from Cleveland to Detroit last month, Jhonny Peralta said yesterday that he’d like to remain with the Tigers next season:

I want to be here. I hope they pick up the option. But I want to be here. I like everybody here.

That comes as no surprise, because “the option” is for $7 million and that’s likely significantly more than Peralta would fetch for next season on the open market.
Peralta has shifted back to shortstop for the Tigers after playing primarily third base for the Indians, but few teams are likely to view him as a legitimate option defensively at shortstop and his .244/.310/.405 hitting line in 116 total games this season is hardly good production from a third baseman. And he was even worse last year, hitting a career-low .254/.316/.375 in 151 games.
If the Tigers want him back for 2011 they can certainly accomplish that for less than $7 million, although it’s possible they could decide to pick up the option just to avoid being pressured into a multi-year commitment.

  1. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Um….why would they?

  2. Joe - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    How can a guy with no leverage pressure the Tigers into a multi-year deal?

  3. Giant Space Ants - Aug 27, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Dirty picture from the, uh, National Mustard Day Office Party?

  4. JBerardi - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Yeah, I also hope that the Detroit Tigers give me $7 million for no logical reason. I’m not holding my breath, though.

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