July 28th, 2010

Tigers acquire Peralta from Indians

The Tigers made a move to bolster their injury-riddled offense Wednesday night, adding third baseman Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for minor-league left-hander Giovanni Soto.

The Indians also sent cash to help cover the remainder of Peralta’s salary for this season. He’s under contract at $4.6 million this season with a $7.25 million club option for 2011 or a $250,000 buyout.

The Tigers have played against Peralta for years as AL Central opponents. Now they’re hoping he can give them at least some boost down the stretch in their hopes to stick in the race for the division. He’s batting .246 in 91 games this season for the Tribe, with seven homers and 43 RBIs.

The 28-year-old Peralta will take over at third base while the Detroit awaits the return of Brandon Inge from his broken left hand. His original timetable a week ago called for him to miss 4-6 weeks, but team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday in announcing the trade that they’re now optimistic Inge can beat the timetable, possibility getting back in two weeks.

Whenever Inge returns, Peralta will become an option at shortstop, where Detroit has been platooning veteran utility infielder Ramon Santiago with rookie Danny Worth. Scott Sizemore, Detroit’s Opening Day second baseman, and utilityman Don Kelly have been handling third in Inge’s place.

The Tigers made room for Peralta on the 40-man roster by designating outfield prospect Wilkin Ramirez for assignment. They’ll add Peralta to the 25-man roster once Peralta gets to the Tigers, hopefully in time for Thursday’s series finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Dombrowski said he’s still searching for help on the trade market ahead of Saturday afternoon’s nonwaiver trade deadline. For now, however, he said, “I don’t have anything else in the works.”