Well, that didn't take long. The Tigers announced earlier this morning that they will exercise the club options for both Octavio Dotel and Jhonny Peralta for the 2013 season. They will be paid $3.5 million and $6 million, respectively.
Dotel was a stellar addition for the Tigers in 2012, pitching his way to a 5-3 record and 3.57 ERA out of the bullpen. The scary thing? Most of those numbers were a regression from his excellent 2011 season split between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. Where Dotel improved from that year to 2012 was cutting down his walk rate to a minuscule 1.9 batters per 9 innings. Other than a spectacular meltdown in a 9th inning appearance against the Seattle Mariners way back in April, Dotel was arguably the Tigers' most consistent reliever in 2012. Expect more of the same next season.
There was a small minority of fans that were clamoring for Peralta to be released following a sharp regression in 2012. His .239/.305/.384 batting line was a sharper regression from 2011 than most pundits expected. He hit 13 home runs -- his lowest total since 2009 -- and drove in 63 RBIs, a career low. His wOBA of .301 and BABIP of .275 were also career lows. His glove continued to be better than perceived, with a .988 fielding percentage and 9.9 UZR.
Simply put, both of these decisions were no-brainers for the Tigers. Dotel and Peralta, while not All-Stars, are solid contributors who are much better than other options currently on the market. Peralta, in particular, will bounce back from an abysmal 2012 offensive season and should be a big part of the Tigers lineup again in 2013.