UPDATE: The Tigers officially agreed to a $11.25 million deal with Peralta on Monday.
The Tigers are expected to announce a two-year deal with infielder Jhonny Peralta within the next week, a major league source confirmed to FOXSports.com on Sunday.
The contract's worth roughly $11 million.
Peralta will enter the 2011 season as Detroit’s everyday shortstop. Brandon Inge, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million extension last month, is returning at third base.
Amid questions about Peralta’s mobility on defense, the Cleveland Indians moved him to third base at the start of last season. But the Tigers traded for Peralta in July and switched him back to shortstop – the position he's played most of his career.
Peralta played adequately at shortstop, and Detroit officials were impressed enough with his bat (81 RBI) to bring him back for two more years.
Now, the Tigers must hope that neither Peralta, 28, nor Inge, 33, decline on defense between now and the end of the 2012 season. By signing Inge to a multi-year extension, the Tigers have eliminated the possibility of moving Peralta to his second-best position in the event he can’t handle shortstop.
But in a best-case scenario for the Tigers, they should have a very productive infield in 2011. Inge and Peralta are capable of hitting 20 home runs apiece, and Miguel Cabrera's an MVP candidate at first base. A young player from within the organization – Will Rhymes, Scott Sizemore, or Danny Worth – will probably open the season at second.
Detroit has money to spend this offseason and will pursue one or more of the impact bats available on the free agent market: Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn and Victor Martinez.
- Jon Paul Morosi