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Tigers reach agreement with Peralta

UPDATE: The Tigers confirmed the deal in a release Monday morning. Terms are as listed.

The Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a two-year contract, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement. The deal is expected to be announced in the next couple days, and sew ups Detroit’s shortstop opening for the foreseeable future.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes first reported the two sides were finishing up the final details this weekend. The contract is worth $11.25 million, and includes a third-year club option at $6 million.

The agreement takes Peralta off the market just as other teams had gained the right to talk to him about a contract. Peralta was prepared to listen to interest, but he made it clear Friday that his goal was to stay in Detroit, which acquired him in a trade from Cleveland near the end of July.

“My first preference is Detroit,” he reiterated to MLB.com in a phone interview from his offseason home in the Dominican Republic.

Peralta confirmed an agreement to the Detroit Free Press. Tigers officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The team generally does not confirm agreements before they’re formally announced.

Though an agreement was long-expected, negotiations between the Tigers and Peralta on a new deal took up the better part of a month, though they didn’t really pick up in seriousness until the last couple weeks. Peralta was hoping to get a two- or three-year deal as a trade-off for taking a lower salary than the $7.25 million club option the Tigers made clear they would not pick up. Detroit officially declined the option last week.

Peralta will still get a sizeable raise from his previous deal. He’ll make $5.25
million next season and $5.5 million in 2012, after which the Tigers will either
pick up his $6 million option for buy him out for $500,000.

Both sides stated encouragement towards getting a deal done once the Tigers made declined the option, the final piece of the five-year, $13 million contract he signed with the Indians after the 2005 season.

Peralta deal reportedly close

The long process of Jhonny Peralta’s contract extension might finally be nearing a conclusion. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the two sides are close to a two-year deal worth $11.25 million.

Peralta told MLB.com Friday morning that he did not believe anything was completed yet, but he was optimistic they could get a deal completed in the coming days.
“I don’t think there’s anything yet,” Peralta said by phone. “But in a couple more days my agent will call me and see what I think [about] what they’re offering. More than anything, I think we’ll be getting close to [re-signing with] the Detroit Tigers.”
Rojas cites a source close to the negotiations saying the two sides need to finish up some details to complete the deal, but that it should be completed shortly.

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.

Peralta picks up team at first base

Jim Leyland was asked after Thursday’s win if Jhonny Prealta had any experience at first base.

“He has now,” Leyland answered with a smile.

He has quite an experience, indeed.

And that’s the extent of his time there. Until he shifted over from third base in the eighth inning, he had never played at first base — not in the Majors, not in the minors, not ever.

“Never,” Peralta said afterwards. “Never in my life. It surprised me, too. Big surprise.”

It was a matter of the Tigers doing what they needed to do to get back into a ballgame. Starting first baseman Miguel Cabrera left in the sixth inning with bicep tendinitis in his left shoulder. Ryan Raburn pinch-hit for Don Kelly in the top of the eighth and followed Peralta’s home run with a solo shot of his own.

Brandon Inge, who pinch-hit for Brennan Boesch in the same inning, moved to third base. Raburn replaced Boesch in the outfield. Leyland told Peralta he was going to first. There wasn’t really much time for debate.

As Leyland has said before, if you can play shortstop, you can play anywhere. And Peralta turned in a critical play when he fielded a sharp grounder from Alexi Casilla in the ninth and added another big grab in the 12th.

“It’s kind of similar,” Peralta said, “but first base, I think it’s a little bit busy. You need to worry about maybe throwing it to second, short and third. But I mean, I think I can feel really good at first base, too. They gave me a couple ground balls, and I felt really good.”

Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Friday’s lineup was posted on the door leading from the clubhouse to the dugout steps. Saturday’s lineup was posted on the wall. If the Tigers win tonight, I’m guessing Sunday’s lineup will be posted on the wall as well. Anything to break up the skid. These are the nuances of baseball superstition.

As far as changes to the lineup itself, Jhonny Peralta gets a day off. Ramon Santiago starts at shortstop.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Boesch, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, 2B
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Raburn, LF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Mark Teahen, DH
  6. Carlos Quentin, RF
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Edwin Jackson

Wednesday: Tigers vs. White Sox

The left-side infield experiment begins tonight now that Brandon Inge is back in the starting lineup. He returns to third base, shifting Jhonny Peralta over to shortstop. They’ll bat seventh and sixth, respectively, right behind the shorter-haired Brennan Boesch.

The bullpen again looks like it’s going to be short a closer. Jose Valverde remains under the weather with head and body aches. He was going to try to throw during batting practice today, but he didn’t sound optimistic. “I want to be at least 60 percent, but it’s not good right now,” he said.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Kelly, LF
P: Armando Galarraga
WHITE SOX
  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Carlos Quentin, RF
  6. Mark Kotsay, DH
  7. Alexei Ramirez ,SS
  8. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
P: Edwin Jackson

Tigers acquire Peralta from Indians

The Tigers made a move to bolster their injury-riddled offense Wednesday night, adding third baseman Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for minor-league left-hander Giovanni Soto.

The Indians also sent cash to help cover the remainder of Peralta’s salary for this season. He’s under contract at $4.6 million this season with a $7.25 million club option for 2011 or a $250,000 buyout.

The Tigers have played against Peralta for years as AL Central opponents. Now they’re hoping he can give them at least some boost down the stretch in their hopes to stick in the race for the division. He’s batting .246 in 91 games this season for the Tribe, with seven homers and 43 RBIs.

The 28-year-old Peralta will take over at third base while the Detroit awaits the return of Brandon Inge from his broken left hand. His original timetable a week ago called for him to miss 4-6 weeks, but team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday in announcing the trade that they’re now optimistic Inge can beat the timetable, possibility getting back in two weeks.

Whenever Inge returns, Peralta will become an option at shortstop, where Detroit has been platooning veteran utility infielder Ramon Santiago with rookie Danny Worth. Scott Sizemore, Detroit’s Opening Day second baseman, and utilityman Don Kelly have been handling third in Inge’s place.

The Tigers made room for Peralta on the 40-man roster by designating outfield prospect Wilkin Ramirez for assignment. They’ll add Peralta to the 25-man roster once Peralta gets to the Tigers, hopefully in time for Thursday’s series finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Dombrowski said he’s still searching for help on the trade market ahead of Saturday afternoon’s nonwaiver trade deadline. For now, however, he said, “I don’t have anything else in the works.”

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