Tigers Decline Option On Jhonny Peralta

The Tigers declined their $7.25MM option on shortstop Jhonny Peralta, according to the team's Twitter feed.  They'll pay a $250K buyout instead.  Via that same feed comes a quote from Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski: "We remain optimistic that a deal can be worked out between Jhonny and the club."  MLB.com's Jason Beck exchanged emails with Peralta's agent Seth Levinson, who shares Dombrowski's optimism.

Peralta, 28, is eligible for free agency for the first time in his career.  This year he hit .249/.311/.392 with 15 home runs in 615 plate appearances for the Indians and Tigers, coming to Detroit in a July 28th trade.  He played third base exclusively this year for the Indians, but spent most of his time with the Tigers at shortstop.  With Brandon Inge already locked in, the Tigers would continue to use Peralta at short.  On October 26th, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports wrote that the team is "expected to reach an agreement" with Peralta on a two-year deal, perhaps a touch less than Inge's $11.5MM.  It seems unlikely that the Tigers would offer Peralta arbitration on the November 23rd deadline, but he is a Type B free agent.


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