Tigers Officially Cut Ties With Veteran Pitcher
By Tyler Maher
The Detroit Tigers announced on Monday that they have released right-handed pitcher Wily Peralta.
Peralta, who was designated for assignment on Friday, cleared waivers and was granted his release. He initially signed with Detroit prior to the 2021 season after pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals from 2012-2019, then re-signed with the Tigers for 2022 after going 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) last year.
The 33-year-old veteran continued to pitch well after moving to the bullpen this year, going 2-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 38 1/3 innings. He's going to be a free agent this winter, however, and apparently is not in the team's long-term plans. Detroit is in last place in the AL Central at 47-76 and will likely replace Peralta with a younger, less experienced pitcher as the organization looks ahead to 2023.
Given Peralta's recent success as a reliever and his experience as a starting pitcher (139 career starts), a contender in need of pitching depth may scoop him up for the stretch run. His versatility and experience could add value to a contender, so don't be surprised if he resurfaces for another team with the postseason approaching.