The Detroit Tigers left the MLB Winter Meetings without making any major splashes or signings. The “biggest move” as I commented on was moving Gene Lamont from the 3rd base coaching box to the bench…Hardly an earth-shattering move, in the grand scheme of all things Detroit Tigers, but I’m SURE that it will be considered one of the top 5 off-season moves by legions of Tigers fans.
In the Rule-5 Draft last week the Tigers traded for two players that by definition of the Rule-5 draft, must remain on the Tigers 25-man roster for the entire season.
The Tigers traded IF/OF Justin Henry to the Boston Red Sox for second baseman Jeff Kobernus, and traded cash considerations to the Mets for LHP Kyle Lobstein.
The Tigers have been letting teams know that OF Brennan Boesch is available in a possible trade, as is SP Rick Porcello.
As of this week, the Seattle Mariners and Tigers were in discussions for Boesch, while other sources indicated that interest is high for Porcello.
I continue to believe that the Tigers will end up being in the “finals” to re-sign Anibal Sanchez. Owner Mike Illitch seems determined to give GM Dave Dombrowski the leeway to make whatever moves are needed to get a World Series winner back in
, SOON. I can’t help but think that the
Tigers still have some financial resources to get Sanchez under contract, they
just aren’t going to break the bank to do so. Detroit
The signing of Pena means he will fill the role of Alex Avila’s backup this season, with Gerald Laird signing in
contract this season will be the same salary that he made as the back-up in Atlanta last year.
The switch-hitting Pena will allow the Tigers to have Bryan Holaday back
at AAA-Toledo to get another year’s worth of experience before becoming the
backup to Kansas City for 2014.
Catcher Ramon Cabrera, who was acquired from
for LHP Andy Oliver, will proved organizational depth and probably
spend most of the season at AA-Erie. Pittsburgh
Getting back to the Greinke deal in LA, the money Greinke signed for has to give the Tigers cause for concern as Justin Verlander is arguably a much better pitcher than Greinke, and with Verlander’s 5-yr/$80M extensions up at the end of 2014, he could easily break the “record” deal signed by Greinke. I would doubt that JV and his agents would be willing to give the Tigers a “hometown” discount, considering the fact that Verlander will be entering the prime of his career, without winning a title in
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