Tigers land infielder Perez from Cubs

Tigers land infielder Perez from Cubs

DETROIT -- The Tigers addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Neifi Perez from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Minor League catcher Chris Robinson on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Perez, who has played shortstop and second base throughout his career, was hitting .254 with two home runs and 24 RBIs in 87 games for Chicago.

Perez will likely replace Ramon Santiago as Detroit's utility infielder.

"He's a legitimate everyday guy and an outstanding utility player," said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.

The Tigers' starting second baseman, Placido Polanco, is out four to six weeks with a separated shoulder, and Omar Infante has stepped in and played well in Polanco's absence.

"It's no secret that when you're doing as well as they are and you lose an outstanding player like Polanco, we all know Dave Dombrowski was going to try to act quickly," said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

"He also fits when Polanco comes back, because he's a switch-hitter," said Dombrowski, who added that Perez should arrive in Detroit on Monday.

The 11-season veteran has also played with the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.

"Neifi did an outstanding job for us from the time we picked him up from the Giants," Hendry said. "He didn't get off to a great start this year, but [he] has played well the last couple months."

Robinson, who was hitting .286 with one home run and 47 RBIs at Class A Lakeland, will move on to Class A Daytona. Dombrowski said that Robinson projected as a backup catcher at the Major League level.

Paul Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.