DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers acquired Neifi Perez from the
Chicago Cubs on Sunday for a minor leaguer, adding infield depth
less than a week after losing second baseman Placido Polanco
because of a shoulder injury.
"He's a legitimate everyday player and an outstanding utility
player," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said.
Perez played 87 games for the Cubs this season and hit .254 with
two homers and 24 RBI. The 11-year veteran has a career .269
average with the Cubs, San Francisco, Kansas City and Colorado.
Polanco is expected to be out for at least a month and perhaps
as long as six weeks. He was put on the disabled list after
separating his left shoulder Tuesday while making a tumbling catch
Dombrowski said he is confident Polanco can come back this
season, adding Perez can help after Polanco returns because he's a
switch-hitter. Dombrowski acknowledged that he talked to several
teams about players that could help the Tigers at second base.
Perez played 53 games at second base, making him an option when
the Tigers don't play Omar Infante. He also played 21 games at shortstop, giving
them a choice when they give Carlos Guillen a day off, and 10 more games
at third base.
"I think he's an ideal guy to plug in for the Tigers as they
try to maintain their success," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry
Hendry said he didn't have serious dialogue with Dombrowski
until an hour or two before Sunday's deal after the Tigers had
scouts in Chicago the previous couple of days.
"He maybe pursued some people that weren't available," Hendry
In the trade, the Tigers gave up catcher Chris Robinson. He hit
.286 with a homer and 47 RBI at Single-A Lakeland. His contract is
expected to be assigned to Single-A Daytona by the Cubs.
Hendry said Robinson is an outstanding defensive catcher.
"It's a good fit for us," he said. "Not many people have
catching up and down the system."