Sources: Tigers like D-backs infielders

Sources: Tigers like D-backs infielders

Published Jul. 17, 2012 9:21 a.m. ET

The Detroit Tigers have shown interest in Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts, major-league sources told

Drew, a left-handed-hitting shortstop, missed nearly three months this season because of a broken ankle he sustained last year. He returned to the Arizona lineup June 27 and has a .579 OPS in 13 games. Roberts is more of a utility player who has spent time at second and third base this season, with a .640 OPS in 76 games.

It’s not clear how advanced the talks are, but sources say there has been dialogue between the clubs on scenarios involving one or both players.

Drew, 29, has played exclusively shortstop in the major leagues. Since he’s coming off a leg injury, it’s doubtful the Tigers would expect him to switch positions if he is sent to Detroit. So, the Tigers’ assessment of whether Drew can handle the rigors of shortstop will be key to their willingness to trade for him. Neither Drew nor Jhonny Peralta (Detroit’s current shortstop) is regarded as an elite defender.

The Tigers hold a $6 million club option on Peralta for next year. It is possible the Diamondbacks will ask for him in trade discussions, since he could address their need for a shortstop or third baseman next year. Peralta has been a better offensive player than Drew or Roberts this year, totaling a .745 OPS in 81 games.

(Ken Rosenthal contributed to this story.)