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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  1. GeronimoJansen 5 years ago

    The Indians should now flip Giovanni Soto for Geovany Soto.

  2. 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.

  3. Abraham Zapruder 5 years ago

    nice haul for Cleveland

  4. InLeylandWeTrust 5 years ago

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

  5. verlander 5 years ago

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

    • HighHeat 5 years ago

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

    • airohpue13 5 years ago

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

      • verlander 5 years ago

        Maybe that’s why they got the cash too.

        • HighHeat 5 years ago

          They also got “cash considerations”

          • sportsnut969 5 years 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 ago

          Probably got the money to buy out the option.

    • baconslayer09 5 years ago

      J-honny’s defense at SS is god awful.

  6. The phillies are dumb for not getting him

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  8. j6takish 5 years 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 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 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.

  9. baconslayer09 5 years ago

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

  10. gamaize 5 years 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.

  11. mistermonkey 5 years 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.

  12. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

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

  13. fusion7 5 years 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 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

  14. Wrek305 5 years 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

  15. Wait till Geovany Soto hears about Giovanni Soto

  16. DetroitTigersGeek 5 years ago

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

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      He was the best White Cap in White Cap history.

  17. Raylan Givens' Stetson 5 years ago

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

  18. tigers22 5 years 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 ago

      id rather see peralta out there than sizemore or will rhymes

  19. rottengazebo 5 years ago

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

    • airohpue13 5 years 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 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….

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

  21. I do think the Tigers to re-sign Inge. I also think they’ll trade for a middle INF like Theriot. They will move Inge to LF and Boesch to RF and Maggs will be DH.

    C- Avila
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Scott Sizemore
    3B- Jhonny Peralta
    SS- Ryan Theriot
    LF- Brandon Inge
    CF- Austin Jackson
    RF- Brennan Boesch
    DH- Maggilo Ordonez

    • 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.

    • airohpue13 5 years ago

      Why are we putting Inge in left field? He’s only a decent everyday player because of his defense at the hot corner. Put him in left field and his just a shotty hitter.

    • verlander 5 years ago

      Ugh. I’m not putting Inge in the outfield.

  22. Piratesfan1104 5 years ago

    Indians should trade for Andy Laroche…Maybe in a Carmona deal

    • airohpue13 5 years ago

      lol…maybe the Pirates can trade Andy Laroche to Jeremy Giambi’s beer league team.

  23. Piratesfan1104 5 years ago

    Andy Laroche was a top defender last year and when he played for the dodgers he is underrated and could show that if Alvarez wasnt in there

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      Andy has had plenty of opportunity to show what he’s capable of, he played 150 games last season and put up a line of .258/.330/.401 and he also played the first ~70 games this season and posted .230/.299/.309. Maybe realizes his potential later in his career, but based on what he’s shown so far, he’s nothing more than a bench player.

      • Piratesfan1104 5 years ago

        I know he hasnt been that great at the plate but he was a top defensive 3rd baseman last year and at least he has proven himself on D i mean they could trade for a 3rd baseman who doesnt have anything….they could at least work with him on hitting

        • Yankees420 5 years ago

          Yes, he does have good defense.

          “i mean they could trade for a 3rd baseman who doesnt have anything”

          I’m not sure what that means.

          • Piratesfan1104 5 years ago

            A bust…someone who is suppose to be able to hit or something and then comes to the Pros and cant hit someone for instance like when the Pirates traded for Brandon Moss the guy was suppose to replace Manny Ramirez for the red sox and he just sucks….at least with andy you have a guy with good OPS and good defense

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            1) I’m not usually someone to point out grammar/punctuation mistakes, but your posts are terribly difficult to read, please consider using commas, as well as periods to end sentences, not just “….”2) I don’t think Brandon Moss was ever supposed to be as good as Manny, I’m too lazy right now to look it up, but if my memory serves he was looked at as more of a guy with the potential to become a solid major leaguer and nothing more.3) Andy LaRoche does not have a good OPS, I posted his slash lines above, is it really that hard to add the OBP and Slg %? His career OPS is below .700 and in his best season he posted an OPS of .731, that’s not good. The only thing he brings to the table is above-average defense and still some semblance of upside.

        • Nick Punto has shown to be great defensively, but the doesn’t mean hes a good player. He is down right awful as a hitter and has no business being an everyday player.

  24. Everybody keeps on ragging Peralta but I do agree I would not have traded that kid Soto as he was doing really good for the White Caps. Its not like Peralta is near the end of his career, he can still hit even though his average is not too great this season. As far as defense, that’s something the Tigers can help Peralta with.

  25. Everybody keeps on ragging Peralta but I do agree I would not have traded that kid Soto as he was doing really good for the White Caps. Its not like Peralta is near the end of his career, he can still hit even though his average is not too great this season. As far as defense, that’s something the Tigers can help Peralta with.

  26. rbeezy 5 years ago

    Tiger dealt from a position of strength from the farm. They do not have to many right now. They at least owe it to the fans to play a major leaguer on the diamond for the next 2 weeks unitl guillen gets back. They could of take 2 of the last 3 if they had any batter with a clue besides cabrera and Damon.

  27. rbeezy 5 years ago

    Tiger dealt from a position of strength from the farm. They do not have to many right now. They at least owe it to the fans to play a major leaguer on the diamond for the next 2 weeks unitl guillen gets back. They could of take 2 of the last 3 if they had any batter with a clue besides cabrera and Damon.

  28. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Actually, Peralta isn’t exactly a star and Soto is having a really good season for the White Caps. So in the long term, unless the Tigers win the division and get eventual draft picks for Peralta, this will be a winner for the Tribe. For a 19 year old, Soto is downright nasty and reminds me a lot of Cole Hamels when he’s on.

  29. PhillyPhan11 5 years ago

    i know never heard of the guy. I think thats a pretty good deal for Detroit considering losing Inge and Gullien. And Gullien had to play 2nd, and hes a 3rd baseman, 1st baseman or a DH. He did have one fancy behind the back flip but thats all.

  30. DetroitTigersGeek 5 years ago

    Cole Hamels?? Hardly.
    While I must admit I am a Soto fan (and he can be ridiculously good when he mixes up his bazzillion pitches), I see him as a number 3 starter at best. And that’s a long time from now.
    Also, I think he was dealt due to the fact he doesn’t fit the hard-throwing, big pitching types DD loves.
    Plus, his slight build is a cause for some injury concern as well.
    All in all, I have no feelings toward this trade (beside: “What? That was random.”)

  31. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I would consider Cole Hamels a number 3.

  32. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I would consider Cole Hamels a number 3.

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