Free-agent-to-be Jhonny Peralta, who had just served a 50-game suspension has come out to say that he would welcome a return to the Detroit Tigers, even under the capacity of being an outfielder. While that is very hard to believe since he whined relentlessly when moved to third base as a Cleveland Indian, anything is possible.
But Major League contracts are much like marriages, it is a two-way street and there is no guarantee that the Tigers would want him back. Peralta, who batted .303 in just over 400 at-bats before his suspension carried that momentum into the post season and was one of the few true Tigers’ bats that actually produced on a regular basis.
With youngster Nick Castellanos along with veteran Torii Hunter at the corners, the only capacity that I really see Peralta fitting into is as a super-utility player, and considering that his lateral movement is non-existent, there really isn’t a reason to plug him in at several positions.
For a team that is lacking veteran leadership and a solid bat on the left-side of the infield, he will make a great fit. Providing a solid bat, glove and citizen. But his days are almost all but over. While I personally appreciate all that he has done in the past 3.5 years since coming to Detroit via trade with the Indians, it is time to move on.