Peralta dealt to the Tigers for Class A lefty

By Anthony Castrovince/

UPDATED: Here’s the full story on the Peralta trade.

The Indians have dealt veteran third baseman Jhonny Peralta and cash to the Tigers for Class A left-hander Giovanni Soto.

Peralta joins an injury depleted Tigers team looking to get back into the thick of the AL Central race. The Tigers lost Brandon Inge to a broken bone in his hand.

Peralta is making $4.6 million this season. No word yet on how much of his remaining contract the Indians are picking up.

Peralta batted .246 with 23 doubles, seven homers and 43 RBIs for the Tribe this year. He is a career .264 hitter over eight seasons with the Tribe. He made the move from shortstop to third base last year.

Soto, 19, has spent this season with Class A West Michigan, going 6-6 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts. He has struck out 76 and walked 25 in 82 2/3 innings and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 16 starts.

Soto is headed to Class A Lake County.

Luis Valbuena has been called up from Triple-A Columbus to take Peralta’s active roster spot.


So long, Jhonny. You were inconsistently adequate and will be remembered at least in the history books.

Why no Goedert? Perhaps it won’t be too much longer.

didn’t think that would happen … I’d rather see Goedert up than Valbuena, though perhaps they think Goedert needs a little more work in Columbus. Valbuena’s done well in Columbus so interesting to see if that carries over

Goedert’s defense is NOT good. I’m not quite sure calling up Valbuena makes sense, though. What is he now,t he back-up utility guy? Nix can play third — he’s got more starts at third in the majors than Valbuena, that’s for sure — so why do we need another infielder on the roster? Duncan can play 1B if we need some to give LaPorta a break. Why not call up Brown to finally see if that bird flies or not? Where’s the risk?
If Valbuena is still a possibly, he needs to play.

LACF, my hunch is that they’ll start some sort of Nix/Marte platoon at 3B, while Valbuena backs up SS/2B. I would love to jettison Marte or Nix from the roster for a chance to see Goedert or Brown instead, though.

Twinscities, you might be right, but I hope not, as platooning Nix and Marte at 3B would be crazy. Marte should be the every day third baseman until September, at which point they can call up Goedert. But as of right now we don’t have a starting third baseman for next year, so we need to start auditioning. In other words, Andy Marte gets 30 days+ to make his case, more than I think he’s ever had consistently. He does well, then perhaps that will give him the edge in spring training.
And they don’t have to jettison Marte or Nix to get Brown on the roster — they never should have brought back Valbuena. Yes, that means Nix is the utility guy for three infield spots, but I don’t see why that’s so crazy.
I guess it’s irrelevant, as we should see the last of Kearns this week, and perhaps even the last of Duncan, as I could see him having value off the bench for teams in the running. That should make room for Brown, at least.

From what I understand with Goedert, this isn’t necessarily his first year to show offensive potential. Ross Atkins claims that Goedert “injured his shoulder [in 2007] at a time when we were moving him through the system at a time similar to how we would be moving him this year. He was outperforming the league and the best hitter in the league at the time. At the time he was having some pain in his shoulder and we were also asking him to play some second base and it compounded and turned into an injury.”

To me, it seems he just had a setback, and it took a while for him to get back to where he wanted to be health-wise and confidence-wise. So, I wouldn’t call him a flash in the pan. I understand that the guy isn’t as solid as some should be at the hot corner. But, Peralta wasn’t exactly a gold glover either. If he can provide more offense than Peralta did (not a huge task), I see him as an upgrade, all things considered. At least as someone to bridge the gap between Peralta and Chisenhall.

LACF hit the nail on the head. Goedert is a sieve in the field. Other than his first 2 weeks here Nix is useless IMO and shouldn’t get to play more than once a week. He’s a utility guy for a reason and bringing up Valbuena is confusing on all fronts. I am still on the Chisenhall 2012 bandwagon so all I am looking for is someone (Valbuena, Marte, Goedert) to bridge the gap until then.

For some eerie reason I get the feeling that when I step outside the box from a fan perspective that Goedert reminds me of Wes Hodges 2.0, one good year at the dish to get people all excited and neglect his obvious defensive liabilities but ultimately a flash in the pan. I will gladly eat crow for that last statement if he proves me wrong.

If Tuesday and Wednesday were auditions for possible trades then Westbrook increased his value. I don’t mind trading him but I would like to bring him back next year if we do. Trading Carmona is should NOT be an option and I get frustrated and concerned that I see his name mentioned. Friendly contract, built up, torn down, then built again by our people. I don’t want to see another club reap the fruits of our labor. And I’m not convinced that this FO would get maximum, top value for him either. Shapiro needs to quite trying to re-create the Bartolo Colon deal. Sometimes quality trumps quantity even if it’s only one or two players in return.

I would love to see Nix in an August audition, followed by Goedert for the month of September. If neither poses themselves as a solution for 2011, bring in a one-year offer a la Russell Branyan (but not old & washed up) – then jettison him if Goedert/Nix/Marte/Chiz prove themselves worthy of taking over.

Frankly, I’ve grown weary of seeing Marte at the plate. He’s got a solid glove, but the guy can’t hit anything that breaks – solely a fastball hitter. He’s one of the classic ‘AAAA’ players that seem to plague the peripherals of our system (Sowers, Huff, Crowe, Valbuena, etc). The only way I could have been more elated about the Peralta trade is if Marte had been thrown in.

BTW, my above post was about filling the hole at 3B… just in case anyone didn’t understand that.
Also, I couldn’t agree more with amseeley about Carmona. Club control through 2014, at a relatively cheap price for a pitcher with maximum potential, is a rarity in today’s game. Plus, the deal leaves more than enough breathing room if he busts again down the road, simply by declining an upcoming option year. If only Hafner’s contract had been built similarly…

How do you guys know that Goedert is a sieve in the field? Have you seen him play? I imagine his defense is not spectacular, but it’s not like he’s anywhere near the career .899 fielding % that Hodges had put up at third. They say Goedert “needs work”, but Peralta also needed work: about all Peralta could do is throw fairly accurately to 1b, his range was nonexistent and teams could seemingly bunt at will down the 3b line … At this point in the season, I can’t really argue with holding off on Goedert until September when rosters expand though, it would give him a little more time, allows them to get a more extended look at Marte and Valbuena and means they don’t have to drop anyone from the roster … they can probably clear some room on the 40-man roster by September call-up time

Nix to get the majority of starts at 3B. And he is batting 3rd tonight.

This club just makes you scratch your head at times.

Oh yeah Good riddance to Peralta.

Objective and subjective info, ST: Goedert has 10 errors (and those are just balls he’s supposed to get) and I have a friend who lives in Columbus and supported those numbers with his opinion.
Nix has no future with this club. There’s no reason to try him out anywhere.
The last time Andy Marte was consistently the regular third baseman for the Tribe was August of 2006, so giving him regular ABs and time at third should happen. The guy was below average 4 years ago — he should get another look.
The Tribe isn’t going to trade Carmona and it drives me nuts that media sources outside of Cleveland mention it.

I don’t ever read to much into fielding %, especially in the minors where you have an inexperienced player throwing to another inexperienced player, except when there’s something as clearly atrocious and consistent as Hodges numbers. Peralta has the best fielding % in the league, but having seen him play many games I know that he actually is a liability, which his UZR number supports, I think he’s second or third from the bottom in UZR. I couldn’t find a scouting report on Goedert. Minorleaguesplits Total Zone rating showed Goedert as a plus defender at 3b in ’06, and average after that through ’09 when he was splitting time between second and third … hard to subjectively evaluate defense too, for example, seeing Crowe in spring training I thought he looked one of the Indians’ better defensive outfielders, having seen him in more games in the regular season, I realized that he routinely gets terrible jumps. Marte has looked bad in certain games, but when they swept that doubleheader from Detroit, they might have lost both games if Peralta had been playing third, Marte made a number of plays I think there was no way Peralta would’ve. Then I’ve seen other fans comment on how they think Peralta is a good fielder … who knows, I definitely think that Goedert, Nix or Chisenhall would at worst be slight defensive upgrades over Peralta next year

I read on ESPN I think that Carmona was just being used as bait to get clubs to look at Westbrook.

Shows what I know: AC tweeted that Acta says Nix is the every day third baseman now.

Nix I think is an ok addition as utility infielder. He’s definitely a better defensive second baseman than Donald or Valbuena. I don’t get why they’d bother playing him every day though, I can’t imagine him starting next year anywhere. And I don’t know what they’re going to do with Valbuena, Donald and Josh Rodriguez. Rodriguez, like Jordan Brown, seems to be underrated by the organization because they drafted him instead of acquiring him in a trade and because he had one sub-par injury filled season. Valbuena I’d still hate to lose: who’s the real Valbuena, the one who was pretty good last year, or the one who was terrible in the majors this year? Playing Nix just hurts the other evaluations: even if Valbuena’s a bad 3b defensively, it would be nice to get his bat in the lineup for a month here to see if he can do anything. It’s not like it matters if he costs them a game or two with some bad defense. Or, even though they have a pretty good idea that Marte isn’t an option, it wouldn’t hurt to have him in there every day either

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couldn’t find a scouting report on Goedert. Minorleaguesplits Total Zone rating showed Goedert as a plus defender at 3b in ’06, and average after that through ’09 when he was splitting time between second and third .Peralta joins an injury depleted Tigers team looking to get back into the thick of the AL Central race. The Tigers lost Brandon Inge to a broken bone in his hand.swarovski sets

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