Tigers, Diamondbacks Talking ‘Long Shot’ Jhonny Peralta-Stephen Drew Deal?

The Arizona Diamondbacks have several potentially movable pieces that might be of interest to the , including infielders Ryan Roberts and Willie Bloomquist and pitcher Joe Saunders. But what about a deal that ships current Detroit shortstop to Arizona for Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew?

That’s the scenario pitched by Fox Sports Arizona’s Jack Magruder, who reported Saturday that the Tigers and D-backs have discussed just such a trade, though Magruder classifies the possible move as a “long shot.”

While apparently unlikely, a trade involving Drew and Peralta would seem to serve both teams. The Tigers are playing Peralta at shortstop, but most scouts believe he is better suited to play third base, a position that is blocked in Detroit because of the winter signing of first baseman Prince Fielder that pushed Miguel Cabrera to third.

The D-backs are in the market for major league-ready players both at shortstop and third base, and they would be willing to move Drew since they are unlikely to exercise his $10 million mutual option for 2013. The Tigers are believed to be less concerned about the money than about Drew’s health in his return from a fractured right ankle.

Drew hit 21 home runs in 2008 and drove in at least 60 runs every year from 2007-10, but he played just 86 games last year before suffering that ankle injury. He just rejoined the Diamondbacks in late June and currently has a .214 average with no homers and six RBI.

Unless a Peralta-for-Drew swap is part of a larger deal, it’s hard to see how this would help the Tigers get better down the stretch. Peralta’s bat has come to life a bit of late — he’s now hitting .275 with six homers and 33 RBI. Drew might provide more of a defensive element to the Tigers’ dynamic, but his career numbers do not outpace Peralta’s by any means; Peralta had 21 homers and a career-high 99 RBIs last season, surpassing Drew’s best RBI total.

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