Friday, September 10, 2010

All things considered, Jhonny Peralta should be the Tigers shortstop next season

Jhonny Peralta is not a great player. Nobody is saying he is. In my opinion, he is not a $7.5 million per year player on today's lowered pay scale for players.
He is a good hitter. Solid. Probably good for .280-20-80 type of numbers and a decent OPS. He is OK defensively, obviously lacking range as a shortstop, and certainly reminding no one of Michael Jack Schmidt - or even Brandon Inge - as a third baseman.
But I nonetheless believe Peralta should be the Tigers' opening day shortstop in 2011. This is a club whose lack of offensive production the last two seasons has been issue No.1. The Tigers' can't get enough "solid" hitters. And the Tigers don't have any alternatives. They are either going to get a weak stick or a stone glove if they deal for a shortstop. Peralta at least can make the routine play and hit. Another factor: Motivation.
Peralta will be playing for another contract. So the Tigers would be wise to bite the bullet and pick up the $7.5 million option on his contract.



Blogger Barry said...

Well Pat, not a good position to be in but picking up the option is the way to go. I think he is more of a 260 hitter though. There is the possibility Reyes option may not get excise but how good of a ss is he? They should also offer Inge Arbitration and save a draft pick because they will probably lose their 1st round. Even though they might get by with type B players.

1:02 PM 
Anonymous Rob said...

Couldn't agree more, who else are they gonna get at SS? They could always bring back Adam Everett :)

On a more serious note I would rather watch Jhonny miss some balls than have to watch Santiago strike out EVERYTIME we need a big hit. at 7.5 mil for a year, what the hell? No-brainer, unless Jeter is available.

6:50 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It's one of those beggar's can't be choosers type of things. Who are the Tigers going to get who will be as good as Peralta for SS next year? Nobody.

9:43 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Remember all those fans who wanted Santiago to play every day? Don't hear that anymore, do we?

9:44 PM 

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