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Valenti & Foster: Tigers Facing Tough Decisions In Coming Offseason

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: General Manager Dave Dombrowski of the Detroit Tigers watches his team take batting practice prior to playing against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 28, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 28: General Manager Dave Dombrowski of the Detroit Tigers watches his team take batting practice prior to playing against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 28, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – If you thought the Tigers’ search for a new manager was their biggest problem this offseason, you’re probably wrong.

General Manager Dave Dombrowski will have a long list of moves that will need to be made during the winter.

The contracts of Jhonny Peralta, Joaquin Benoit, Omar Infante, Octavio Dotel, and Ramon Santiago all expire after the postseason ends, while pitchers Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello are also due for arbitration.

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti and Terry Foster think that of any potential moves, bringing back Peralta is a must.

“Jhonny Peralta, while not perfect, shows up in the postseason. He could be a solution for left field because he’s the best hitting option,” Valenti said on his radio show Thursday. “There is no perfect answer, but I do believe that Peralta makes them better. The way this team is structured, there’s really no room for prospects; you have to trade Nick Castellanos, Rick Porcello, or Drew Smyly while they have value now.”

“This team has a window that is closing and if you can get pieces that you need, a closer or a late-inning guy, they should make a trade.”

The Tigers, who have historically had issues finding a lights-out closer, could choose to resign Benoit in an attempt to groom him into a better closer, or could target high-profile, proven closers in Joe Nathan or Grant Balfour. Some believe that the team should trade Max Scherzer while his value is high, in order to fill positions of need.

“Not matter what they have coming back next season, they have some holes in this team,” Foster said. “It’s hard for me to believe that Peralta is worse than when Delmon Young was in left field. We don’t know what kind of manager they will get and what kind of team he will run. Power? Speed?”

The team will have to find solutions for second base and left field, while filling out the bullpen. Whether they come from in-house or via trades and free agency, Dombrowski will have a mountain of decisions to make this winter.

What moves do you think the Tigers should make? Who should come back and who should stay? Who should the team target on the market? Let us know in the comments below.

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