As the trade deadline nears, the Detroit Tigers' pursuit of middle infielders has only become more persistent as the organization looks to keep tabs on first place in the American League Central. And according to a report by FSN Arizona's Jack MaGruder, the Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks have discussed a deal that would include both Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta in a possible swap.
MaGruder goes on to mention how the deal would seem to benefit both teams considering the fact that Peralta is more of a natural third baseman and can't play the hot corner in Detroit, but also points out that one of his two main sources indicated that the deal was essentially a "long shot."
Although Detroit has scouted a number of players at both shortstop and second base over the last few weeks, the Diamondbacks seem to be viable trading partners due to the fact that both Ryan Roberts and Drew each appear to be readily available for a respectable price. While it may be hard to envision the Tigers prying both players away in a deal that including only Peralta and a non-major league player, it's likely that Drew is somewhere near the top of Dave Dombrowski's growing list of middle infield targets.