It looks like once again, the Tigers are courting the Pirates about Jack Wilson. I’m not quite sure why the Tigers have such a hard on for this guy. They looked at him as an option in 2007 when they were in the middle of a playoff race with the Indians and since then, Wilson has only missed a lot of time due to a calf injury. I know the Tigers have said they’re worried about Ramon Santiago holding up for an entire season, but why go outside when you already have a good field, mediocre hit shortstop.
The Tigers set their 40 man roster last week and they kept a couple of spots open for the Rule 5 Draft. Wilkin Ramirez, Casper Wells, Alfredo Figaro, Guillermo Moscoso, and Zach Simons all made the cut and were put on the 40 man roster, hence protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft. Will Rhymes and James Skelton weren’t added so we could see them in a big league uniform if someone is willing to take a flyer on them in the Rule 5.
The next big date is December 1, when teams have to offer arbitration to any free agents in order to be eligible for compensation picks. This could bring Edgar Renteria back into the fold. If the Tigers offer him arbitration, he could bite and be back in a Tigers uniform for one more year.
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