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How Would Detroit Move On If They Lost Jhonny Peralta? Perhaps Philly May Be The Answer!

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Tuesday July 30th, 2013 

 Jhonny Peralta and the Detroit Tigers might be in for a little trouble. With a number of players being investigated for potentially breaking the leagues policy on power-enhancing substances by being involved in the biogenseis  scandal, Peralta might find himself out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs if the Tigers qualify

Jhonny Peralta and the Detroit Tigers might be in for a little trouble. With a number of players being investigated for potentially breaking the leagues policy on power-enhancing substances by being involved in the biogenseis scandal, Peralta might find himself out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs if the Tigers qualify.

By Dan Wanser (MLB Reports Writer)  

Jhonny Peralta is one of a number of players being investigated by Major League Baseball for potentially breaking the leagues substance abuse policy by being involved with biogenesis in Miami.

If Detroit loses their shortstop for the rest of 2013 they may be in for some trouble.

Peralta has been heating up offensively as the season has moved along and is also solid in the field.

So if he does find himself out for the season, who will the American League Central Division leaders call on to take his place? They have a few options.

If Peralta needs to be replaced, Detroit will need someone with some pop in the bat.

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The Shortstop is hitting .305 so far this season and has hit 10 round-trippers and knocked in 53 RBI's which would leave a major hole in the line-up if he wasn't in it.  While the Tigers have several awesome offensive players in their existing lineup, losing Peralta for any time would still hurt.  The club has to hope that he would still be made available for the Post Season with a 50 Game Suspension only.

The Shortstop is hitting .305 so far this season and has hit 10 round-trippers and knocked in 53 RBI’s which would leave a major hole in the line-up if he wasn’t in it. While the Tigers have several awesome offensive players in their existing lineup, losing Peralta for any time would still hurt. The club has to hope that he would still be made available for the Post Season with a 50 Game Suspension only.

One thing the team can could do is go out and get a big name player such as  the Cubs Starlin Castro by the Tuesday July 31 deadline.

Another option if they wanted to make a trade could be players such as Emilio Bonifacio or division rivals Jeff Keppinger or Alexei Ramirez as they would fill the position and it would cost less than a big name player like Castro.

Ramirez may be a great choice as he has a few years left past this campaign on his contract.  He can play 2 or 3 different positions in the field – and is even a Stolen Base Threat – which the Tigers team lacks.

Castro may cost too much to try an obtain.  Bonifacio would be a good fit to play SS or 2B for the club, however he is injury prone himself – and has not lit it up offensively in years.

Jeff Keppinger would be a good fit salary wise, and can play all four Infield Positions. The asking price would have to be very marginal.

Detroit Tigers

If Detroit does lose Peralta for the  rest of the regular season, they are going to have to make some changes. If this happens, should the Tigers make a trade or should they fill the position in house?

Detroit could also fill this position without making a trade.  However with Omar Infante still on the DL due to a Sprained Ankle, the team should really start wheeling and dealing

They could use players such as Drew Smyly and Avisail Garcia as Trade Bait to fill those that position and the position at second base that needs to be filled due to the Infante Injury.

One thing is for sure, if the Tigers lose Peralta they are going to have to make some changes if they want to stay in control of the AL Central and keep in front of the second place Indians.

So what will they do? We will know by Tuesday if they are going to make a trade to fill the position as they would have to do it by the deadline. 

With being high up in the Standings, it also doesn’t ensure you can do a deal between Aug.01 – Aug.31 when players must pass through Waivers first.

Ramon Santiago (529 OPS in 101 AB in 2013) and Herman Perez (.658 OPS in 31 AB) simply can’t be the answer to this solution when you are contending for a World Series in 2013. 

Maybe Detroit won’t lose Peralta, but with the way things are playing out, they should be prepared because it would be surprising if the shortstop finished out the season unless there was a suspension followed by an appeal.

The team still needs a bonafide Closer, could use an upgrade on Catcher and a Utility Infielder. 

Really…They should be on the horn with Philadelphia to pick up Carlos Ruiz , Jonathan Papelbon, John Mayberry Jr. and Michael Young.

On the other side going back could be Brayan Pena, Drew Smyly and if the Phils pick up a big chunk of Papelbon’s Salary (maybe you add an Avisail Garcia). If the Phils eat no money, than it would just Smyly and Pena in return.

You have a 2 – 3 year window to win with the Tigers, and Papelbon would fix your need for a proven Playoff Closer, who has World Series Experience. 

With Austin JacksonTorii Hunter and Andy Dirks patrolling the OF, you will not need Garcia until 2015 anyway. 

Ruiz and Young would be FA’s after this season, so the trade would be Smyly and Garcia for Papelbon, Mayberry Jr, _+ the insurance of having Veterans Young and Ruiz this year.

You have to sacrifice some of the future for the present, and nobody knows that better than Dave Dombrowski.  He was the architect of the Marlins during their 1997 run.

Dombrowski is always looking for more depth – and has a chance to do it in the next 29 hours.

                                                                                            TRADE FOR SOME MORE GUYS DETROIT!

Jhonny Peralta is being investigated by the MLB for violating the leagues policy on substance abuse by being involved in the biogenesis scandal. If the shortstop gets suspended, the Tigers will have to make some changes, we might find out those changes sooner rather than later depending on what the league decides to do with the Detroit Tiger.

Jhonny Peralta is being investigated by the MLB for violating the leagues policy on substance abuse by being involved in the biogenesis scandal. If the shortstop gets suspended, the Tigers will have to make some changes, we might find out those changes sooner rather than later depending on what the league decides to do with the Shortstop.  It also couldn’t come at a worse time for Peralta, who is a UFA after this season’s end.  This year, he made his 2nd ALL – Star Appearance in the last 3 years.  This could however, increase the Motown club in its bargaining position when trying to sign the former Indian for next year and beyond.

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