The #Indians have traded 3B Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers for LHP Giovanni Soto. Indians.com. #mlb
The Indians are also sending some cash to Detroit to help cover at least some of what remains of Peralta's $4.6m 2010 salary. The 28 year old third baseman has hit .246/.308/.389 on the year with passable defense at the hot corner, and will fill in for Brandon Inge, who is sidelined for the time being with a broken hand. He is by no means an impact addition, but he is an improvement over recent fill-ins like Don Kelly, and would become a useful part of the bench upon Inge's return.
As far as Giovanni Soto is concerned, he's a 19 year old southpaw who's spent the year in A-ball, striking out 76 and walking 25 in 82.2 innings. He doesn't have much in the way of fastball velocity, but he has a complete repertoire and pretty good command, giving him the potential to rise through the system.