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The Tigers will pursue a closer, will not bring back Jhonny Peralta

Nov 4, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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As is usually the case, the Tigers closer situation is uncertain heading into the offseason. That’s because the guy they finally got to stick in the role this past season — Joaquin Benoit — is a free agent.  Dave Dombrowski addressed the closer role and other matters yesterday, and John Lowe of the Free Press has the story.

Upshot: sounds like they’re not messing around with Bruce Rondon again. Maybe he’s in the major league bullpen mix, but the Tigers are going to try for a proven closer (to the extent that term means anything). Benoit is one of the proven closer candidates, by the way. Because unlike last May he is now proven. Or something.

Also: Dombrowski surprised no one in saying that it’s unlikely that Jhonny Peralta will be back. They have a shortstop in Jose Iglesias, he said, and while Peralta got some time in left field for Detroit in the playoffs, they still think of him as an infielder.  You figure that Peralta will shop himself as a shortstop too, given the relative dearth of offense at that position in the game.

Oh, and go to the end of the article for the mention of Robinson Cano. It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone mention him and the Tigers in the same breath. My assumption is that it’ll be among the last too, as the Tigers’ payroll is already huge. Of course I didn’t think they’d sign Prince Fielder until the moment they did too, so never say never.

  1. miketreedy - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Rangers better consider resigning Nathan otherwise he may be a Tiger next year. Along with that staff it would be very hard to beat them next year.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Nathan and Cano would give the Tigers a strong chance to win the World Series.

      • moogro - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        More like Crain, Nathan and Cano, then yes.

  2. Reflex - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    It will be interesting next August to see the Tigers desperately seeking help at short when Iglesias is hitting .216 or so…

    Peralta, given his suspension, would have been a bargain this year.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I really don’t think the Tigers will care if Iglesias is hitting .216 next year. Their lineup is strong enough to withstand a hole at a position that just isn’t providing much offense now anyway, and Iglesias’ plus-plus defense with be big for them covering for Miggy’s lack of range at third.

      • Reflex - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        If his defense was actually plus-plus you’d have a point. Its not, nor has it ever been in the majors or minors. Go have a look, the numbers put him as only slightly above average defensively. I know his defensive rep, but it seems to be incorrect.

        And yes, the Tigers play in a weak division so they can withstand a black hole in the lineup or two. But they’d be better off grabbing Peralta for two years cheap, something they certainly could do given his suspension.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        The numbers don’t say what you claim they say. He’s played about 60% of a season’s worth of innings at shortstop. In those innings, he’s +7 DRS, +9 UZR. His UZR/150 is 16.5, and pro-rating his DRS out would produce a similar number. The sample size is entirely too small to draw any conclusions about his defense from the numbers (I was going off his scouting reputation), but maintaining the levels he seems to have demonstrated would put him among the best defensive shortstops in the league, non-Andrelton Simmons division.

    • mitchblue - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Bargain, Nelson Cruz was suspended and just got a 14.1 qualifying offer from Texas. Melky Cabrera got paid this season as well.

      • Reflex - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Melky got a fraction of what he was supposed to get. Cruz got a qualifying offer, which the Tigers did not offer to Peralta. My guess is Peralta gets two years at ten mil each, which is a bargain for a guy who was the third best offensive shortshop in the game last year, and consistently an above average if not all-star level performer.

  3. missingdiz - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Maybe the Cards should try for him. They have some extra cash and wouldn’t have to give up young pitching. Peralta hits well with men on, and that’s what the Cards work on (except in the WS, waaa). I wouldn’t want to go more than a two-yr. contract though.

    • Kevin Gillman - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Jhonny can’t field though, and you figure his range is decreased with added age, but whatever.

  4. sjtorpitt - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Peralta sounds like a good fit for STL

  5. Kevin Gillman - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I have a feeling they would try and sign Chris Perez.

  6. pipkin42 - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Maybe the Orioles should try to send them Jim Johnson for Porcello or someone like that.

  7. gibbyfan - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Cards would do well th heed the advice of the White Rat………………make defense at ss the priority—he backed it up by signing a very light hitting Wizard of Oz

    • missingdiz - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Well, sure, if we could get a young Ozzie. Where is he? But I think I’d rather have a shortstop who is an average fielder but can hit for a decent average and with some power than keep playing Kozma, who’s good defensively but not Ozzie-good. Kozma has had a few brain farts in the post-season that bother me too.

      • gibbyfan - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Well, there will probably never be another Ozzie but we need to get as close as humanly possible……..the yougster in Texas would do nicely..expensive to get but maybe worth it

  8. wingsfan97 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Sign cano or infante a closer as long as Cabrera stays healthy we will win the World Series

  9. jbusch415 - Nov 5, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    I guarentee you The Tigers willl not sign Cano, he’s going to get crazy money that we already gave to an underwhelming Prince Fielder, if anything I would rather them go sign Choo.

  10. jarathen - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    That any team “targets” a closer continues to baffle me. Unless you have Mo Rivera on the hill, closer is a term for “reliever we think is the best, therefore using him in an unimportant situation most of the time.”

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