We all know by now that Jhonny Peralta is off on his 50-game,
“vacation” from baseball.
We all have seen Peralta’s statement, claiming that he deeply regrets his actions, and that he made a “terrible mistake” in the spring of 2012.
We know that there will be three games left in the regular season when Peralta is eligible to return to play.
What we don’t know is if Jhonny Peralta will ever play for the Tigers again … and the answer to that is quite likely no.
Teams can choose which players are eligible for the postseason, and must do so as each series begins. In 2012, as Melky Cabrera returned from his 50-game suspension for a positive PED test – that we now know was purchased through Biogenesis – the San Francisco Giants said “no thanks,” and did not make him eligible to play in the postseason.
Could this happen in
While GM Dave Dombrowski said that decision would be made at a later date, note the key phrases he used in a 10-minute face-to-face with the press on Monday afternoon:
"Our organization is going to move on."
"He can work out with the club. He will not be working out with us at this point."
" ... I wished him well and thanked him for everything he has done.”
Does that sound like a boss that knows one of his key employees will be back once their FMLA time is up?
That sounds like an employer who knows one of his minions just got caught doing something of their own volition, something the company would never sanction knowing the possible penalties -- and how it would affect their business, their brand and the bottom line.
Dombrowski told the press that he knew of the likely suspension last week -- before the trade deadline, before the Tigers made the move to solidfy a future without Peralta.
The Tigers could have made a short-term move to solidify a future equaling 50 games. Instead, the Tigers made a move to solidify a future for years to come.
Jose Iglesias is only 23 years old and, given his defensive prowess and performance with a bat in is short time in the majors, is considered by many to be a blue-chip player. A player like this is someone you acquire for the long haul, not someone you rent to fill a hole.
The team even went as far as to assign Iglesias the lowest number they had available -- #1. Teams don't do that for rentals or prospects or projects, and Iglesias is certainly none of those.
But the most damning words may have come late Monday night in the Tigers locker room.
After ending his pre-game presser after 90 seconds and booting all of the press out of the clubhouse, Jim Leyland finally spoke his mind on the issue ... and may have said something he quickly realized was NOT what he should be saying.
"I've had my last moment with Jhonny Peralta. I spoke with him. I don't know if it's my last moment, but I spoke with him."
That may be all that needs to be said.