Could Peralta get a two-year deal?

The Tigers have been expected to reach some sort of deal to bring back Jhonny Peralta as their shortstop for next year. But could they sign him even beyond that?
If it allows Detroit to bring back Peralta for a lower average salary than what he would’ve made on his $7.25 million contract option, then the answer might be yes. Foxsports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi suggests the Tigers will agree on a two-year contract with Peralta rather than pick up the one-year club option.
An industry source said late Tuesday night that no deal was imminent. Still, a second year would be an interesting twist to a deal that has been expected since the season ended. 
Indications have suggested in recent days that the Tigers will not pick up the option, even if it means letting Peralta become a free agent. The option was part of the five-year, $13 million contract Peralta signed with Cleveland entering the 2006 season, one of several long-term deals the Indians reached with their young stars in the wake of their surprise threat to the division title in 2005.
Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said at season’s end that they were interested in negotiating a new deal with Peralta, though he didn’t rule out the option at the time. Peralta, for his part, has said since the day he joined the Tigers in late July that he’d like to stay.
Dombrowski indicated at Brandon Inge’s press conference last week that talks were still in the early stages, but that they had time to work out a deal. To that end, Dombrowski said he’s “optimistic something will happen.” 
If the Tigers aren’t interested in paying Peralta $7.25 million for next season, but would like to sign Peralta before he hits free agency, something would logically have to entice Peralta to sign. Short of contract incentives, a second year on the deal might be the enticement.

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Well, I gotta give you my two cents, for what it’s worth. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t sign and went for free agency. After Brandon’s remarks aout how comfortable they are playing next to each other considering the language barrier. Every time Brandon opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it. His ego has to be massaged first and then maybe he deems Jhonny good enough to play next to him for a little less money. Peralta isn’t appreciated in Detroit. I hope he goes to a team that appreciates him.

I’m not so sure this would be a good idea. I try to remain cognizant of the fact that the definition of a good hitter has changed. Someone hitting .263 with a little pop now falls into that category. It also may make some financial sense to sign someone for two years at a lower annual salary than one year at a larger one. However, two months wasn’t nearly a big enough sample upon which to base any long range decisions. What if the guy hits .213? Leyland will play him everyday regardless because he’s the shortstop under the biggest contract. That alone would kill any divisional aspirations.
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I just fear we’re going to get stuck again here. I prefer one year, but wouldn’t be surprised if a two-year deal is struck.
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–Rich

Well, Rich, you could probably use his MLB history to predict whether he might be a .213 hitter. Here’s a good link:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peraljh01.shtml

About halfway through last year, if someone asked me if I would complain about getting a shortstop who averages 82 rbi/162 games played, I would have wondered what was wrong with them. NO WAY would I complain, considering the production Adam Everett was giving us.
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Other than Hanley Ramirez, what shortstop is even reasonably available who drives in runs at this rate? Everett’s defense, or anyone’s, sure doesn’t save 60 runs per season, which it would have to to offset the rbi differential…
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Looks to me like only Uribe and Tulowitzki are listed as SS on MLB.com and drove in more runs last year than Jhonny. Uribe never did it before, with career averages much lower than Peralta for HR/RBI and even Tulo got a big boost from Colorado’s home park, otherwise RBI average in his career would be closer to Peralta. Of course Jhonny is no Hanley or Tulo, but SS has fallen apart offensively in baseball since steroid era…

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