Jul. 3, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers have talked about a potential deal that focused around their respective shortstops in Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta, reports FOXSportsArizona.com's Jack Magruder. However, the deal's likelihood of getting done was described as "a long shot."
Detroit is seeking a "natural"shortstop that wouldn't kill them defensively. The team is currently ranked dead last in UZR and there's no doubt Drew would be an upgrade over Peralta defensively. The D'Backs, who are looking for help at third base and shortstop, could use Peralta at either position. But their motivation seems to be getting a return for Drew, because the team is unlikely to exercise their end of a $10 million mutual option for next season.
"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 is struggling at the plate since returning from his ankle injury, hitting just .214/.274/.286, but it is an extremely small sample size. On the other hand, Peralta is hitting .271/.337/.415 and would be a cheaper option than Drew.