Jhonny Peralta Needs To Provide Detroit Tigers with Quality Play

Tony BriscoeCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2010

BALTIMORE - MAY 16:  Jhonny Peralta #2 of the Cleveland Indians is tagged out at home plate by Craig Tatum #15 of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 16, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Tigers needed more help than ever nearing the end of the trade deadline, having lost Magglio Ordonez, Brandon Inge, and Joel Zumaya to injury. Not to mention the Tigers had dropped seven of their last 10 games.

Needless to say, they needed to make a big move to fill some of the gaping holes at the various positions they lost.

That’s where Jhonny Peralta came in the picture.

Peralta looked very attractive to the Tigers management considering the club had no players that were primarily third basemen after losing Brandon Inge.

So the Tigers decided to trade minor league pitcher Giovanni Soto to Cleveland for Peralta.

Currently, Peralta is batting .246 with seven home runs and 43 RBI. In comparison, Inge batted .263 with six home runs and 40 RBI before a wild pitch broke his hand.

Inge is expected to be out for two to four more weeks, but with the addition of Peralta the Tigers will hopefully be able to rest Inge without worrying about rookies covering his position.

Even after Inge’s return, Peralta will most likely be able to contribute as a designated hitter.

However, the Tigers for now will be counting on Peralta to demonstrate his batting proficiency instantaneously, because the Tigers are third place in the American League Central and five games back from the first-place Chicago White Sox.

Tigers fans can look forward to seeing Peralta in his Detroit debut against the Boston Red Sox today at 7:10 p.m.