When asked whether he would be willing to learn left field in the offseason in order to stay with the team, Peralta replied by saying:
“There’s a chance for sure, yeah, because I like the organization here. Do I want to be here? Yeah, I want to be here.”
Peralta is set to be come a free agent this offseason, and is coming off a productive postseason where he learned to play left field on the fly, while leading a stagnant Detroit offense back to the ALCS with a Division Series performance for the books.
He hit .417 (5-for-12) in the ALDS, adding one home run and five RBIs to go along with a double. In the ALCS against Boston, Peralta hit .286 (6-for-22) but tacked on a a trio of doubles for Jim Leyland‘s club.
Whether or not Detroit is willing to pay Peralta the money he will likely demand remains to be seen. Something that should lower the outfielder’s price is the fact that he was suspended for fifty games this year after violating the league’ PED policy.
Peralta just finished a three-year, $16.75 million deal with the Tigers.