Some have wondered if the Detroit Tigers would be an option for Derek Jeter, in the unlikely event that his negotiations with the New York Yankees break down. After all, he is a Michigan native.
But it’s doubtful that the Tigers will be in the market for a shortstop by the time Jeter files for free agency.
Instead, the Tigers are expected to reach an agreement with incumbent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, perhaps even before the free agency period begins.
Peralta’s contract includes a club option for next year worth $7.25 million. The Tigers are expected to decline that option and instead renegotiate a two-year deal. The total value of the contract will probably be a little less than the $11.5 million that third baseman Brandon Inge received in his two-year extension.
Peralta’s range at shortstop isn’t what it was, but he performed capably on defense after arriving in a July trade with the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers are willing to accept something less than Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop in exchange for Peralta’s run production; he totaled 81 RBIs in 148 games last year.
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