Tigers Add Jhonny Peralta For Low-A Lefty Soto

The Deal
The Tigers acquired third baseman Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for 19-year-old Giovanni Soto, a lefthander who ranked second in the low Class A Midwest League with a 2.61 ERA at the time of the trade. The addition of Peralta, who signed with the Indians in 1999 and spent 12 years in the organization, gives Detroit added depth on the infield, where third baseman Brandon Inge and second baseman Carlos Guillen are sidelined with injury.
 
Indians Acquire
Giovanni Soto, lhp
Age: 19.
Born: May 18, 1991 in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 155. Bats: L. Throws: L.
School: Advanced Central College HS, Carolina, P.R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Tigers in 21st round of 2009 draft; signed June 23, 2009.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
West Michigan (MWL) LoA 6 6 2.61 16 16 0 83 75 29 24 2 25 76 1.21

Soto did not sign out of ACC High as the Phillies’ 46th-round pick in 2008, waiting instead to sign the next year when the Tigers drafted him out of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Long and lean, Soto tops out in the high 80s with his two-seam fastball and also throws a slurvy breaking ball. His changeup remains a work in progress, but Soto has youth (and a quick arm) working for him.

 
Tigers Acquire
Jhonny Peralta, 3b
Age: 28. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Remainder of $4.6 million salary, plus either $7 million club option for ’11 or $250,000 buyout.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Cleveland (AL) 2008 .276 154 605 104 167 42 4 23 89 48 126 3 .331 .473
Cleveland (AL) 2009 .254 151 582 57 148 35 1 11 83 51 134 0 .316 .375
Cleveland (AL) 2010 .246 91 334 37 82 23 2 7 43 32 69 1 .308 .389
3-Year Totals .261 396 1521 198 397 100 7 41 215 131 329 4 .320 .417

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