Tigers Add Jhonny Peralta From Indians
Having lost third baseman Brandon Inge to a broken left hand, the Tigers are in pursuit of Indians infielder Jhonny Peralta.
One source said Detroit feels it will soon acquire Peralta, who went into Wednesday's game hitting .246 with seven homers. Peralta, 28, does have a .768 OPS away from Progressive Field and a .720 OPS against leftt-handed pitching.
The Tigers lineup has been weakened by the losses of Inge, Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez, getting no-hit Monday by the Rays' Matt Garza. Since the loss of Inge, Don Kelly and Scott Sizemore have split time at third, but neither is batting better than .206.
But despite going 3-10 since the All-Star break, Detroit was just four games out in the AL Central.
Peralta is making $4.6 million this season, which works out to about $1.7 million remaining. He has a club option worth $7.25 million for 2011 now that Cleveland has traded him; it was worth $7 million as long as he remained with the Indians. The deal does not change the value of his $250,000 buyout, however, and it remains unlikely that the Tigers will keep him beyond this season.