The Tigers and Jhonny Peralta are reportedly close to a two-year deal worth $11.25 million. I gave my thoughts on Perlata a couple of weeks ago. His decent offense for a shortstop and slightly below average defense make him an adequate filler until someone better is available. However, I don't really see the urgency to sign him to a two-year deal. There are not a lot of shortstops available this year, so I can see signing him to a one-year deal. I wish they had left their options open for 2012 though.
From a fans perspective, they don't seem to be saving much by declining his option. Instead of $7.5 for one year (which is what he would have made if his option kicked in), they will be giving him $5.6 million each year for two years.
Their infield looks like this:
1B. Miguel Cabrera
2B. Will Rhmyes/Scott Sizemore
SS. Jhonny Peralta
3B Brandon Inge
So, they now have below average defenders at first and short, an unproven second baseman and a third baseman with declining range. This concerns me when they are counting on a big year from Rick Porcello, an extreme ground ball pitcher.
If saving money is the reasoning for the Peralta deal, I hope they make good use of the money saved this winter because they have a lot of holes to fill. Specifically, they need a DH, a corner outfielder and some pitching help. I don't want to judge the Peralta signing too harshly though before I see what else they do.