Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011.
Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that salary, particularly on a two-year deal, so the declined option likely doesn’t really impact Peralta’s chances of staying with the Tigers.
As for why the Tigers want to bring him back, let alone for two more seasons … well, I’m not sure.
Peralta hit .249/.311/.392 in 148 games overall this season, including .253/.314/.396 in 53 games with the Tigers, and he’s a poor defensive shortstop who had been moved to third base in Cleveland prior to the midseason trade. He also hit just .254/.316/.375 in 2009.