Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – A half-dozen players from the Detroit Tigers are eligible to file for free agency after the World Series, with closer Joaquin Benoit, second baseman Omar Infante and outfielder Jhonny Peralta topping the list.
Benoit, a 36-year-old proven setup man that now has closing experience, has the potential to be in demand as a short-term fix. But his spot may be taken if the Tigers decide to bring in a high-profile closer.
Infante could draw heavy interest around being among the better second basemen in the majors.
But the 31-year-old Infante announced he wants to be back.
“Great team. That’s why I want to come back. But it’s business. I have to wait, and we’ll see what happens,” said Infante.
Meanwhile, shortstop-turned-outfielder Peralta might not be needed at shortstop with Jose Iglesias around, but they arguably need the bat.
Backup catcher Brayan Pena, a free agent whose one-year contract expired, also announced his desire to stay.
“I want to be back here,” he said. “Money’s not an issue.”
The Tigers originally planned to go with young Bryan Holaday in that role.
Another up for free agency, utility infielder Ramon Santiago, may see his reign as the longest-tenured Tiger end if the team opts for prospect Hernan Perez or Triple-A stalwart Danny Worth for the role.
Cy Young Award favorite Max Scherzer will become a free agent net season and could be the prize of the class in next winter’s market.
The Tigers have to fit his max contract into the team’s current payroll structure or lose him next winter with only a Draft pick as compensation, or shop him on the trade market to fill other holes.