Tigers Interested In Stephen Drew, Ryan Roberts

The Tigers have shown interest in infielders Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts, Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports report. The Tigers and Diamondbacks have discussed scenarios involving one or both players, but it’s not clear how advanced talks are, Morosi and Rosenthal report.

Drew, who recently returned from an extended stint on the disabled list with a broken ankle, drew interest from the Tigers two summers ago. He’s earning $7.75MM this year and on track to hit free agency after the season. The Diamondbacks could ask for Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta in trade talks, Morosi and Rosenthal suggest. The Tigers have a $6MM club option for Peralta in 2013.

Roberts, 31, is a utility player who could play second base in Detroit. He has played second and third for the Diamondbacks this year, posting a .239/.287/.353 batting line in 260 plate appearances. Roberts earns $2.01MM in 2012 and will remain under team control through 2015.

Diamondbacks infielder John McDonald is on the disabled list, but expected back soon. The Athletics are also interested in acquiring shortstop help. Here's a look at potentially available shortstops and third basemen.


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24 Comments on "Tigers Interested In Stephen Drew, Ryan Roberts"


3 years 1 month ago

So let me get this straight, Morosi and Rosenthal suggest the Tigers fill their hole at 2B with Stephen Drew by opening up another hole at SS by trading them Peralta?

3 years 1 month ago

No you trade Peralta and other pieces to the D-Backs for Roberts and Drew, have Roberts play 2B, and Drew play SS, so they get both position needs if they trade Peralta.

3 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t make sense, does it?

Ausome7
3 years 1 month ago

Is there a blockbuster deal between the d-backs with upton and drew/Roberts for tiger prospects?

dylanp5030
3 years 1 month ago

They’d have to sell the farm for that and it’s not worth it.

jed_hoyer
3 years 1 month ago

peralta/prospects for upton,drew and roberts?

dylanp5030
3 years 1 month ago

They won’t trade all three in one trade. They’d trade them seperately to get more in return.

Civilization
3 years 1 month ago

I doubt there would be much to gain from that over a total swap. Drew’s free agency status (and being a Boras client) really hampers who would be interested in trying to strike a deal for him and to top it off he’s coming off an injury? 

Sure you could get more in return if you trade them separately… But then you’re risking quality for quantity and I don’t think that would be a great move for the D’Backs personally.

That being said I don’t see the Tigers having much interest in Upton’s price tag so a total swap would have to come from a different team.

3runhomer
3 years 1 month ago

I think this works out well for both teams. Tigers have always had interest in Drew, and I think a scenery change could spark Roberts. Not sure what else Tigers would have to throw in with Peralta though…

mmiller54
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe Oliver or Smyly? Oliver has fallen in prospect rankings and might benefit from a change of scenery, much like Ryan Roberts.

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 1 month ago

This doesnt make sense for the dbacks.  Peralta doesnt do anything for us, I would much rather us trade drew/roberts for prospects.  That or just keep drew till the end of the season.

mmiller54
3 years 1 month ago

Remember when people said the same thing about Aaron Hill? If KT scouted Peralta and believes he will be of value to the team, I trust him.

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

It makes sense for the Dbacks. They’ve already publicly blasted Drew and have suffered this year by not having consistent SS play. Peralta is steady and would save them 4M next year or at the very least save them from having to find a SS next year because it’s highly unlikely that the mutual option is getting exercised.

3 years 1 month ago

Yes, both Peralta and Drew are similar ballplayers as
far as stats go, and both are free agents after the season.  The Tigers have a team option on Peralta
($6M) for 2013. Drew has a mutual option ($10M) for 2013.  If the Tigers are smart, which they make me
wonder sometimes, they’re better off picking up Peralta’s option and keeping
him for 2013, then to trade Peralta for Drew, and pay Drew $10M in 2013, and
that’s if Drew wants to stay with the Tigers. 
Plus, who knows how good Drew is going to play, just coming back from a
broken ankle.  The Tigers should know something
about that.  Basically what I’m saying is
trading Peralta for Drew right now, wouldn’t be a smart/good trade for the
Tigers.

Running Scared
3 years 1 month ago

Though I agree with most all of the comment…I just don’t know how long I can keep watching Peralta make those ole’ plays at ground balls. At some point this guy has had to have sprawled to get to  a ball to his right or left. Right? I swear I think the guy is coming off double knee surgery every time the ball is hit to him. That being said. Broken ankle/shortstop doesnt compute in the upgrade dept either.

3 years 1 month ago

Hmm not quite sure where you’re coming from with the ole argument. You can certainly make the lack of range argument but I don’t see him jumping out of the way and fielding balls off to the side.  Maybe you used the wrong term.

LeylandsLung
3 years 1 month ago

Drew wears #6. Not happening in Detroit. We already have a 2B named Ryan.

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

I proposed a Drew trade last week, so I’m all for this. However, even though I think Drew would be an upgrade (defensively, equal offensively) I worry about Drew’s injury history. Do you trade the slower and more reliable old girlfriend for the faster model that might be a huge mistake?

3 years 1 month ago

Drew has all kinds of game but as you said injuries scare me.

3 years 1 month ago

I say trade Peralta, Raburn, Oliver, and Iorg for Drew and Roberts.

TheBigNice
3 years 1 month ago

Raburn and Iorg have almost no value. The Tigers would be throwing them away, if the Dbacks even wanted them. 

DK_hits_20
3 years 1 month ago

Ryan Roberts? Why?

Fifty_Five
3 years 1 month ago

One year removed from a .249/.341/.427 line with solid D at multiple positions. Definitely an upgrade over Raburn’s -1.1 WAR. Could be a bargain too

DK_hits_20
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, but look at his 2012. Not much of an upgrade over Santiago, really. I’d take him as a throw-in in a deal for Saunders, otherwise he’s not really worth pursuing. And Drew’s ankle makes me nervous.