This may have been my biggest drought yet. In my defense, the Tigers haven’t been doing much so my usual “I’m really busy” note can take a back seat to the fact that the Tigers have been so quiet. We have a little more then a month to go until pitchers and catchers report and the biggest move the Tigers have made was Octavio Dotel. Yawn (although any help to the pen is a good thing, it just doesn’t excite me).
There were some rumors thrown around that the Tigers were looking at a trade for Matt Garza that would have included Jacob Turner. Jacob Turner has been showing up in the top ten of a lot of MLB prospect lists so you have to be careful but you don’t have to look too much further then Andrew Miller to realize that sometimes a known commodity is better then the potential prospect. Turner is a lot younger then Miller was back then and he’s shown his stuff in the minors so I don’t want to deal him out of hand but Matt Garza had a really nice year for the Cubs last year and he’ll really help shore up the pen. It’s the cost that’s the big factor though because Garza is getting close to free agency where as we’d have Turner locked up for three years before we even had to consider arbitration.
The Tigers also seem to be major players in the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes. The Marlins appear to be the front runner but it’s not that the Tigers aren’t trying and I’ve seen $50 million as a number that’s been thrown around. Right now Cespedes has been showing his stuff in the Dominican Winter League and it looks like he might be granted free agency at any time. I’ve talked about how I’m not really high on Delmon Young and if Cespedes lives up to his billing, he should be a nice upgrade.
Right now, I’m just excited for some baseball. Late February can’t get here fast enough.