Hardy or Peralta: Which Shortstop Would Be a Better Fit for the Detroit Tigers?

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Hardy or Peralta: Which Shortstop Would Be a Better Fit for the Detroit Tigers?
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When news leaked that the Detroit Tigers were involved in trade discussions with the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs, debate soon turned to who would be the better fit at shortstop: Jhonny Peralta or J.J. Hardy.

While I have maintained that Peralta, 30, is a better shortstop than he gets credit for, I can see why the Tigers are interested in Hardy, 30, due to his great range and arm.

But how much better is Hardy, and would he be worth trading away starting pitcher Rick Porcello, 24? 

Let's take a look at the differences between Hardy and Peralta.

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