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Detroit Tigers: Jhonny Peralta worth flier as potential depth piece

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Jul 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) congratulate each other after scoring in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) congratulate each other after scoring in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta (27) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta (27) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

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According to a tweet from the St. Louis Cardinals’ official Twitter account, the former Tiger has been designated for assignment.

St. Louis’ official Twitter account tweeted:

"“John Mozeliak has announced that Kolten Wong has been activated from the disabled list. Jhonny Peralta has been designated for assignment.”"

Peralta is not what he used to be offensively. The veteran is batting just .204 with a .459 OPS and a 28 wRC+ in 54 at-bats this season.

While Peralta hasn’t notched a wRC+ north of 100 since 2015, he would still be a vast improvement over Detroit’s current reserve infield options.

Other options

Omar Infante turned in a strong Spring Training for Detroit, and while’s batted .269, his OPS sits at just .627.

Meanwhile, Ryan is more of a defensive specialist, which the Tigers already have three of in Iglesias, Machado and Romine. The former Mariner is batting .184 with a .557 OPS for the Mud Hens.

Rounding out the list is Almanzar, a 26-year-old third baseman who has flashed some pop in the last few years with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad.

However, the infielder hasn’t yet seen action at the Major League level, and is batting .250 with a .693 OPS with nine extra-base hits in 37 games.

Additionally, with the Detroit Tigers looking to build for the future, it would be difficult for the team to find a solid injury-fill in on the trade market.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that Peralta is a lifetime .285 hitter with a .784 OPS at Comerica Park

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