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Detroit Tigers Rumors: Could Boston Red Sox Be Evolving into Detroit’s Perfect Trade Partner?

November 25th, 2014 at 10:30 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers might still be looking for outfield help, and after a pre-holiday shopping spree, the Boston Red Sox have plenty to give.

Does this turn both teams into ideal trade partners in the weeks ahead? According to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, it just might, as Boston has a glut of players available who might appeal to Detroit, including one big name. In return, the Red Sox could target starting pitching.

That's why the Red Sox and Tigers might be having some discussions. The Tigers have two pitchers who are entering the final year of their contracts, David Price and Rick Porcello.

That said, Boston has several players on its roster that Detroit—in need of offense, depth and bullpen help—might covet, and that the Red Sox, with Sandoval and Ramirez in the fold, might view as expendable.

Who might those players be more specifically? Paul lists plenty.

Yoenis Cespedes, a Tigers' target before he signed with the A's three years ago, would probably be front and center in any discussions, with fellow outfielders Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts and Allen Craig potentially up for grabs, too. The Tigers might like the idea of adding a young, controllable infielder like Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts, or a reliever such as Junichi Tazawa.

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Detroit Tigers Need to Find Additional Outfield Upgrade Before the Season

November 24th, 2014 at 9:14 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers are two weeks away from the start of baseball's winter meetings and the team hasn't yet added another outfielder.

Many will read that as confidence in younger players like Steven Moya and Tyler Collins. it seems, though, that Detroit will make another addition as the offseason goes on to help solve the pressing problem in right field.

That's the right plan, because they have to. The Tigers cannot go into the season with a young Moya or Collins and expect either to deliver on the expectations of championship contention that was made with the re-signing of Victor Martinez.

Last week, the Tigers signed Xavier Avery to a minor-league deal, but Avery is a band-aid on par with Ezequiel Carrera. A player with a career .223 average and only 94 at-bats certainly can't be counted on to form a competition and hold down a spot. Like Carerra, he's probably destined to be a career minor leaguer.

By adding the light-hitting Anthony Gose, the Tigers are already content to take a significant risk in center field. There are no certainties that Gose's production will flourish, even with a bigger opportunity in Detroit. The team cannot take the same gamble in right field and feel good about their chances in the lineup.

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Detroit Tigers Rumors: is Starting Pitcher Rick Porcello Now Available on Trade Market?

November 21st, 2014 at 10:43 AM
By Max DeMara

As the rumors continuously swirl about the Detroit Tigers' interest in perhaps making more trades, a new name quietly surfaced on Thursday night.

Rick Porcello, Detroit's on-again, off-again starting pitcher, could be available on the open market. ESPN's Buster Olney hinted at that, and also named Doug Fister, Ryan Zimmermann, Mat Latos, and Mike Leake as arms that are set to be free agents in a year, but could be had in deals now.

For Porcello, 2014 was an up and down season. He blasted off to a hot start through the first few months of the year, but then quickly fell backwards and finished with an average 15-13 record and 3.43 ERA by season's end. He did set a career high with three complete games, but considering the start to the year, he could have been expected to finish better statistically across the board.

As Olney notes, Porcello is eligible for free agency in another year's time, which means the Tigers could be gaging his value now. Perhaps they're convinced that Porcello might not get any more valuable than he currently is. Perhaps they don't wish to get tied down in a lucrative deal in another year for a player they believe has hit his ceiling.

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Report: Detroit Tigers Could Target Houston Astros’ Catchers in Trade

November 20th, 2014 at 2:37 PM
By Max DeMara

Its been rumored for about a week that the Detroit Tigers weren't necessarily dead-set on bringing back Alex Avila in 2015, despite picking up his player option.

On Thursday, that fact might have been made clear again when word leaked out from Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports that the Tigers had preliminary discussions with the Houston Astros about a deal for a catcher.

Houston has quite a stockpile behind the dish, with starter Jason Castro, backup Carlos Corporan, and new addition Hank Conger all in the fold. Additionally, the team has Max Stassi perhaps set to push for playing time, meaning they could certainly deal from a position of strength.

There was no specific mention of Avila, but chances are that either he, Bryan Holaday, or Brian McCann would have to be included in discussions due to the numbers game. Detroit wouldn't be able to keep everyone in the fold, and reports indicated that a catcher could be going both ways in a potential deal.

Houston may have made Castro available, but would likely expect plenty in return, considering his strong home run and RBI totals last year. Both Corporan and Conger would likely cost significantly less because of their reserve status, which means that the Tigers could certainly be thinking a bit bigger by targeting Castro.

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Detroit Tigers Possess Young Relievers That Must Start to Make an Impact

November 20th, 2014 at 1:16 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers are embroiled in an interesting predicament when it comes to filling out their bullpen.

A few new veteran pieces need to be added, but there are plenty of young options that are quickly rising through the system.

Angel Nesbitt, a player that was protected by the Tigers from the Rule 5 draft, certainly counts as such an option. Last season, Nesbitt pitched at an elite level for Single-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

All told, Nesbitt posted excellent numbers, including a 3-0 record with a 0.79 ERA in Lakeland and a 2.23 ERA in Erie with 72 total strikeouts. His inclusion on the roster speaks to the level of ability the Tigers believe he posesses.

Someone else poised to make a name is Joe Mantiply, who Tony Paul of the Detroit News recently profiled. Mantiply, like Nesbitt, seems to have a high ceiling, especially considering the fact that he's left-handed.

In addition to them, there's the ever-hyped Melvin Mercedes and other pitchers from last season such as Bruce Rondon, Ian Krol, Blaine Hardy, Buck Farmer, and Kyle Ryan. Considering Detroit's rotation, the other natural starters like Farmer and Ryan might be best served by easing themselves into relief roles, much like Hardy has.

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