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Tigers exercise options on Jhonny Peralta, Octavio Dotel

Oct 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Detroit has exercised its team options on shortstop Jhonny Peralta and reliever Octavio Dotel, bringing back two key members of the American League champions for 2013.

Peralta is coming off one of his worst seasons, hitting just .239 with 13 homers and a .689 OPS in 150 games, but with the free agent shortstop market looking pretty barren bringing him back for $6 million at age 31 was an easy call.

Dotel is 38 years old, but showed little sign of slowing down this season with a 3.57 ERA in 58 innings while striking out more than a batter per inning for the 13th time in 14 seasons. He’ll make $3.5 million in 2013, which is more or less the going rate for a setup man, and the well-traveled Dotel gets to stay with the same team in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008-2009.

  1. Detroit Michael - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Both good moves; both expected moves.

    Dotel still has the big platoon split, but he’s still effective enough that it doesn’t sink him. Against RHH in 2012, a 10.8 K/BB ratio and a 25% BABIP (although all three of his 2012 homers came from RHH). Against LHH in 2012, a 2.4 K/BB ratio and a 38% BABIP.

  2. fusionix7 - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Hopefully Johnny displays some of the range he featured in the playoffs in the regular season as well. Never knew he could move like that.

  3. xjokerz - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    and the Tigers are bringing him back.. why?…

    • frank433 - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      Who else will you get for $6 million that is an upgrade?

  4. dracko19 - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Rumor has it a trade could be in the works for a SS. Porcello is being talked about as being a key piece. We shall see.

  5. twelsh36446 - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Porcello and Peralta from a good short stop is what we need.

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