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The Detroit Tigers would rather have Stephen Drew than Peralta.
Jhonny Peralta is a good defensive shortstop by the numbers, but a terrible fit for the Detroit Tigers.
He lacks range and first-step quickness, just like third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Right-handed batters will continue to poke holes between those guys unless one gets replaced by a better athlete.
The AL MVP obviously won't be changing clubs or positions, so Peralta has landed on the trading block by default. All indications are that the Tigers will out-bid other fervent suitors for free agent Stephen Drew.
Detroit eliminated the Oakland Athletics from the 2012 postseason, but A's GM Billy Beane would make an excellent trade partner (if he can put the bitterness behind him). An affordable shortstop ranks atop his wish list and Peralta certainly qualifies ($6 million for 2013).
What's in it for the Tigers?
How about Grant Balfour? His expiring contract calls for just $4.5 million next year. With Bruce Rondon coming through the minor league system, Detroit only needs a stopgap, anyway.
Oakland will miss Balfour's veteran presence and late-season excellence, but the bullpen has a surplus of capable replacements.