Detroit Tigers should sign recently non-tendered Jace Peterson
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His defensive stats aren’t anything to write home about (9 DRS, -11.1 UZR/150 in 2,108.2 defensive innings), however his on-base skills could play well in Detroit’s lineup.
Peterson has logged walk rates of 12.6% and 12.7% in each of the last two seasons with Atlanta. In 2015, his walk rate finished at 9.4%.
The veteran doesn’t bring much to the game in terms of power, with a lifetime .098 ISO, but if he can get on base at a consistent clip, he has a chance to be a useful contributor.
Back in 2016, Peterson turned in a .350 on-base percentage to go along with a 95 wRC+.
If he can post similar numbers for the Detroit Tigers, he’d be an ideal free agent addition for a franchise in need of an influx of talent.
The second baseman also comes with some controllability for whichever team signs him.
Per Spotrac, the former Padre has three years of controllability remaining, all coming via arbitration.
Earlier in the offseason, MLBTradeRumors projected Peterson to earn $1.1 million through arbitration ahead of next season.
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Even if Peterson simply serves as a place holder for the likes of Eaves, Paredes or another young infielder acquired down the line, signing him could prove to be beneficial for the Tigers.