Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tigers head into Winter Meetings looking to make more moves

With the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings taking place this week, the Detroit Tigers continue to search for keys to bringing home an elusive World Series title.

Let’s take a few quick moments to review the Tigers off-season moves, thus far into the Hot-Stove league season.

At the end of October the Tigers exercised the contract options on SS Jhonny Peralta and RP Octavio Dotel, and Signed Manager Jim Leyland (and his entire staff) to a 1-year contract.  The Tigers also announced that they would not re-sign RP Jose Valverde and OF/DH Delmon Young. 

Torii Hunter
Bruce Rondon
In November the Tigers signed OF Torii Hunter to a 2-year $26M contract, while sending INF/OF Don Kelly outright to Toledo, and releasing OF Ryan Raburn. The Tigers also selected 3 contracts of 3 players from Toledo, the most notable of them being RP Bruce Rondon.

With the winter meetings starting, the Tigers are rumored to have interest in adding a Shortstop this off-season, despite exercising the option of Jhonny Peralta.  Potential targets for the Tigers appear to be Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Also high on the priority list is signing FA-SP Anibal Sanchez, who according to sources is looking to get a 5-year deal as a Free Agent. 
Anibal Sanchez

Despite making the World Series last season, after what some would deem a “disappointing” regular season, the Detroit Tigers have been aggressive thus far this off season, with the signing of Torii Hunter and announcing that RP Jose Valverde and OF Delmon Young, the Tigers all-time leading post-season Home Run hitter.

SP Rick Porcello and OF Brennan Boesch are players that the Tigers are discussing as “trade-bait” as General Manager Dave Dombrowski continues to try and tweak the roster to get his team over the hump and bring a World Series title back to Detroit for the first time since 1984. 

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