Tigers Acquire Jhonny Peralta

The Tigers acquired Jhonny Peralta and cash from the Indians for minor league pitcher Giovanni Soto, according to the team. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince reports on Twitter that the Tigers are getting cash to cover all but the pro-rated portion of the major league minimum salary. To make room on their 40-man roster, the Tigers designated Wilkin Ramirez for assignment (Twitter link).

Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen are on the disabled list, so Peralta gives the Tigers infield depth as they chase the Twins and White Sox. The infielder switched to third base last season after years at short. Peralta hasn't hit much this year, as his .246/.308/.389 line shows. The 28-year-old makes $4.6MM this season (about $1.7MM remains) and the Tigers have a $7.25MM option for 2011 with a $250K buyout. 

In Soto, the Indians acquire a promising left-hander who still appears to be years away from the majors. The 2009 draft pick (21st round) has a 2.61 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 as a starting pitcher in A ball this year.

This deal should set the market for Miguel Tejada, another former shortstop who is having a similar season to Peralta at the plate. The Cardinals are interested in the former AL MVP.

Earlier today, Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reported on Twitter that Mike Lowell wasn't drawing much interest, even though he hit three homers last night. The Tigers had some interest in Lowell, but today's trade likely means the Red Sox will have to find another trade partner.


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69 Comments on "Tigers Acquire Jhonny Peralta"


GeronimoJansen
5 years 1 month ago

The Indians should now flip Giovanni Soto for Geovany Soto.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

This means nothing, but there is a pitcher in the Reds organization named Muenster Muenster.

5 years 1 month ago

its adam muenster

5 years 1 month ago

Hes also a position player, not a pitcher.

5 years 1 month ago

Good deal for the Indians. Get rid of a part that they didn’t want for a pitcher who, while he may not end up amazing, has at least been really good in the minors to this point.

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 1 month ago

nice haul for Cleveland

InLeylandWeTrust
5 years 1 month ago

oh god lol..i was hoping for jose guillen. MEH

CrustyJuggler
5 years 1 month ago

NOBODY “hopes” for Jose Guillen.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Our season has been saved!!Meh. Maybe he’ll be our SS next year. (Please, god, no.)

HighHeat
5 years 1 month ago

Could be our 3rd basemen next year if they don’t resign Inge.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

I think they might resign Inge.

airohpue13
5 years 1 month ago

Definitely not for his 7 million club option. What the hell are the tigers doing?

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Maybe that’s why they got the cash too.

HighHeat
5 years 1 month ago

They also got “cash considerations”

sportsnut969
5 years 1 month ago

I have already heard that the Cash Considerations is the 250,000 buyout money so it’s Jhonny Peralta and 250,000 cash for what looks like a pretty good A youngster with a hugh upside. I was told by a Tiger fan that Soto is 10 and 6 with a mid 2 era he averages near 9 strikeouts per start and 2.3 walks per game, to snag a 19 year old lefty starter with this type of a upside and to not have to pay all of Peralta remaining contract can’t anything less than highway robbery by the Indians front office.

airohpue13
5 years 1 month ago

Probably got the money to buy out the option.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

That’s what I figured.

baconslayer09
5 years 1 month ago

J-honny’s defense at SS is god awful.

5 years 1 month ago

The phillies are dumb for not getting him

5 years 1 month ago

A decent prospect who played along stud Jacob Turner in a Minor League All-Star Game. So…Tejada should get moved for nothing too?

5 years 1 month ago

I would think Tejada should bring no bigger return than Peralta, but I’d still take a 36 year old Tejada over Peralta any day, that’s for sure. When is he -not- healthy? And even then, he can still play solid defense. Peralta’s just not all there.

5 years 1 month ago

I agree with you completely, I like Miggy and would love to see him play utility infeild for the Phils for the rest of the season. Peralta is a bum.

j6takish
5 years 1 month ago

This move confuses me, I mean he’s cheap and we had glaring holes in our middle infield, but I was pretty sure Inge would be back next year. Hes better defensively and would be cheaper. Unless Johnny can still play shortstop, I don’t understand this move

HighHeat
5 years 1 month ago

This move is more about filling in a holes left by all the injuries. However there is a chance Inge is back next year and Peralta plays SS, especially if none of the kids in the minors appear ready.

mistermonkey
5 years 1 month ago

Peralta’s just a rental. He has a club option for $7M for next year; no way do the Tigers pick that up. The cash considerations probably pay for the small buyout. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tigers re-signed Inge in the offseason (presumably very cheaply).

Inge will be 34 next season. He’s had 2 knee surgeries and has a hand injury.
Inge always tanks in the 2nd half of the season at the plate and his defense has slipped every year to where he’s now a below average defensive 3B.

baconslayer09
5 years 1 month ago

So Jhonny Peralta for Geovany Soto’s long lost brother?

Vivid_Reality
5 years 1 month ago

I think you mean evil twin.

gamaize
5 years 1 month ago

move is for this season only and was cheap. Experienced player who team is probably hoping can get on a couple of hot streaks over the next two months. Not that good with a glove, IMO.

Buy him out for the $250,000 and move on after this season.

mistermonkey
5 years 1 month ago

Boo-yah! Not a huge move, obviously, but a huge upgrade from the crud they’re trotting out at 3B on a nightly basis now. And when Inge returns, Peralta will be a huge upgrade over the crud they’re trotting out at SS. And for a low-level prospect, too. Solid move, DD. Now just add Dunn (please?), and this team is back to where it was before the Ordonez and Inge injuries.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

airohpue13
5 years 1 month ago

Why? What’s the point?

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

I get amped up anytime a trade or a transaction happens.

fusion7
5 years 1 month ago

I’m really not sure what to make of this move. The Tigers need depth in the infield but considering the season Peralta is having I would rather have let Sizemore get the playing time. He hasn’t quite yet brought his bat with him from the minors, but he’s taking good swings minus the last two games. Don Kelly is god awful though. I can’t see Peralta taking over SS when Inge gets back either. Danny Worth may be a rookie but he’s putting up similar offensive numbers and is way better defensively.

Wrek305
5 years 1 month ago

Inge sucks dude get over it.. I’d rather have present day Ron Santo then Brandon Inge…I would rather have Kevin Orie then Inge.. yeah i went there

Wrek305
5 years 1 month ago

The Tigers and now ask the Cubs for the other Geovani Soto just give the Cubs enough for a one-way ticket to Detroit.. that’s all he’s worth

InLeylandWeTrust
5 years 1 month ago

…..what?

5 years 1 month ago

Wait till Geovany Soto hears about Giovanni Soto

DetroitTigersGeek
5 years 1 month ago

Oh shoot. Soto looked pretty good in Single-A West Michigan.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

He was the best White Cap in White Cap history.

Raylan Givens' Stetson
5 years 1 month ago

I guess this means Andy Marte is starting against the Yankees today, yayyyy.

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Just pile on the mediocrity.

They could have at least picked up a guy who knows how to spell “Johnny” right.

InLeylandWeTrust
5 years 1 month ago

id rather see peralta out there than sizemore or will rhymes

rottengazebo
5 years 1 month ago

The Tigers got him for almost nothing, why are people hating on this move?

airohpue13
5 years 1 month ago

Because the tigers gave up a 19 year old prospect that has done nothing but mow down hitters so far in the minors for a mediocre rental player in a season that is a lost cause.

tersaw1
5 years 1 month ago

No, the Tigers got a servicable replacement that can play with mediocrity on offense and defense for a 21st round pick that was “mowing” down single A talent and is projected to be ML level in four years!!! BTW, I bet a buddy a mine earlier this year that Inge would win the gold glove at 3B (Yes, I am a huge Inge fan) and when I pulled the stats, there was only one other 3B that had a better RF+FP and that was Peralta….interesting….

5 years 1 month ago

Maybe he can revive his offense from a few years back…if he can this trade would be a real steal!