Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, along with shortstop Jhonny Peralta and reliever Octavio Dotel, will be calling Comerica Park their home for at least one more season. Leyland was given a one-year extension on his contract through 2013, and it sounds like he couldn't be happier.
"Detroit is a tremendous baseball town and I couldn't dream of a better place to manage . . . Tigers fans and the people of Michigan have supported us so well during my time here, I can't even begin to express how much that means to me."
As for Peralta and Dotel, their options were picked up for the following season following strong postseason performances. Dotel did not allow a run during crucial situations in the Tigers' playoff stint, and he will be picked up for $3.5 million. "Jhonny on the spot" made an even stronger case to stay following a lackluster regular season as he could've easily been considered the Tigers' playoff MVP.
Delmon Young, on the other hand, was actually the ALCS MVP, but General Manager Dave Dombrowski has already publicly stated that he will not be returning to play for the Motor City Kitties. Although Delmon Young had a rather stellar postseason, the Tiger's roster doesn't have room for a second designated hitter once Victor Martinez returns from a torn ACL that he suffered in February. At age 27, Young is sure to find work elsewhere.
Someone who may not be finding work elsewhere is former Tigers closer, Jose Valverde. The team decided not to renew the closer's contract, which was announced today by GM Dave Dombrowski. After one of the worst possible playoff auditions for a pending free agent, Valverde may be reaching the end of his storied career. Valverde may have had a poor postseason and a shaky-at-best regular season in 2012, but Tigers fans should remember him for converting 110 out of 118 saves between 2010 and 2012, and Hall of Fame balloters should consider immortalizing him into Cooperstown in due time.
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