Detroit Tigers should take a flier on Wily Peralta
Potential fit with the Detroit Tigers
At best, Peralta will be able to soak up innings for the Tigers, providing an experienced arm to slot in behind and serve as insurance for Boyd and Norris.
Considering he’s only 28, it’s possible the right-hander could develop into a long-term contributor for the Tigers—especially if he can rediscover his 2014 form.
According to Spotrac, the starter is potentially controllable through the 2019 season via arbitration.
While this gives the team a starting option that is more than a rental, it also increases Peralta’s trade value if he can rebound.
Hypothetically speaking, if the pitcher can bounce back, Detroit should be able to get more back in a trade for a 28-year-old starter with controllability as opposed to a 28-year-old starter who is a pure rental.
At worst, though, the Tigers can simply cut their losses with Peralta and move on if he struggles.
At this point, the front office needs to be taking as many fliers as possible on players like the ex-Brewer to see if any stick.
If they do stick, Detroit either has a new piece to add to a burgeoning young core, or a potential trade chip to better improve the future.
If the player doesn’t stick, it’s on to the next option.
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With Wily Peralta, the Tigers should taking a flier to see if there’s rebound potential there.