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Jhonny Peralta-Stephen Drew swap makes no sense

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Jul. 3, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: San Diego Padres base runner Everth Cabrera steals second base ahead of the tag by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew in the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Jul. 3, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: San Diego Padres base runner Everth Cabrera steals second base ahead of the tag by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew in the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Saturday, Fox Sports Arizona reported the odds were long the Tigers and Diamondbacks would swap shortstops.

This deal made sense, FSA's Jack Magruder said, because the Tigers need a true shortstop, and the Diamondbacks need a third baseman. He added this would make financial sense, as Peralta is owed less money and has a $500,000 buying of his option. Meanwhile, Drew has a mutual option of $10 million with a $1.35 million buyout, and Detroit spends money like a drunk buying drinks during happy hour.

Well, I see why Arizona might want to make the deal. The part that alludes me is what's in it for Detroit.

A 29-year-old shortstop who is coming off a horrific ankle injury?

I think this team has had enough injury fears for now, thanks. And we know a thing or two about ankles.

An infielder who used to be good, but who now fields below average?

::starts to draw names out of a hat::

How about a .214 batter with a .274 on-base percentage and .071 isolated power?

::looks at name drawn out of hat, raises eyebrow:: Well, then.

The opportunity to pay more money both this season and possibly next?

Who could resist that!?

Other than all those complaints, the deal makes perfect sense.