Following their quick exit in the World Series, the Detroit Tigers made two key roster decisions today in hopes for a return to the fall classic next season. The Tigers announced that they picked up the club options on shortstop, Jhonny Peralta and relief pitcher, Octavio Dotel. Detroit also announced that manager, Jim Leyland and all coaches from last year’s staff will return as well.
Peralta had a down year compared to his 2011 campaign, only hitting for a .239 batting average with 13 home runs and 63 runs batted in. In his first full season with the Tigers in 2011, Peralta belted 21 home runs, contributed 86 runs batted in and hit for a solid .299 average at the dish. With the club option, Peralta will earn $6 million for the 2013 season. His role in Detroit next season will be the same as this year, adding some pop at shortstop, but he looks to rebound by hitting for a better average.
Dotel had a fairly productive regular season with Detroit this year, recording five wins on the campaign to go with a 3.57 earned run average on the mound in 57 games. He provided solid mid to late inning relief for the Tigers and should have the same role next season for the Tigers. Dotel will earn $3.5 million next season.
It’s unsure where Detroit is headed late in ball games next season, due to Jose Valverde’s inconsistencies in this postseason. Valverde is set to hit free agency and earned $9 million this past season. Detroit could pursue other relief options including free agent to be, Ryan Madson.
The Tigers look to rebound this off-season and aim to play into late October again next season.