It has been a very active winter meeting for teams this off-season in Major League Baseball so far. So with this in mind, I’m sure you are wondering what the Detroit Tigers are doing. Well, here are some of the rumors and possibilities floating around the boys of summer.
According to MLB Trade Rumors.com, the Tigers are one of 12 teams to be considered “interested” in A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez. The A’s have made it clear that; 1. It would be unlikely to trade Gonzalez at the Winter Meetings. 2. They want Jacob Turner from the Tigers if a deal was to be made.
Also according to Trade Rumors, the Tigers are close to signing relief pitcher Octavio Dotel. As of 5:44 tonight, they have made an “aggressive” offer towards him. If he is to sign with the club, he would most likely be the 7th inning guy for the bullpen.
A couple more intriguing rumors are swirling around the Tigers. The first one is the Tigers are supposedly going after Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. General Manager Dave Dombrowski made a trip to see Cespedes and Dombrowski is apparently really interested in him.
Which leads me to a crazy idea. With the Miami Marlins signing Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez is very unhappy. So why not have him come to the Tigers and make him happy. This is what ESPN thinks:
Jackson didn’t have a great year with the bat, but he’s an ace in center field, something the Marlins need. And while Turner doesn’t have a big-time ceiling in my opinion, he could still project as high as a No. 2 starter in the NL. Detroit could add a prospect to the mix, but the Marlins …get a lot back in pitching and defense here. Detroit could certainly use the bat, and could move Jhonny Peralta to third base, keeping Ramirez at the position he wants to play. Again, not a likely one, particularly because I think Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski really see the value of Jackson in center at Comerica. He covers a ton of ground. But a middle of the order with Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in some order would do some damage. And the Tigers could afford to take on the remainder of Ramirez’s deal.
The Tigers would probably have to give up something like Austin Jackson, Jacob Turner and another prospect. I would personally love this trade and it’s not like we haven’t made a big deal with the Marlins before. I think it would be a big deal if this trade were to occur. I believe that it would be a high risk reward scenario but it could be one the Tigers need to make.
Things could heat up in Detroit in the winter months to follow.