A Complete History of My Sexual Failures buy Day two of the winter meetings is winding down and while the Tigers weren’t nearly as busy in the press today, they were linked to a couple of relief pitchers. First up is the Tigers have talked to the Mariners about J.J. Putz. It wasn’t that long ago that Putz was one of the best relievers in the American League but he spent some time on the shelf last year and had a down season. It looks like the price tag is going to be either Matt Joyce or Jeff Larish, neither of whom would be a huge loss to the team. I’ve alway liked Larish, but he’s a man without a position and he has little to prove in the minors. Joyce is also an odd man out but the Tigers would probably have more use for another left handed outfielder then they would a left handed infielder.
The Tigers also appear to have their eye on Joe Beimel. This isn’t an either/or either because Beimel is a free agent and the Tigers could easily pull the trigger on both guys and instantly bolster their bullpen. Beimel is a left handed specialist and could be a good complement to Bobby Seay.
If the Tigers can make either or both of these moves, I like the way things are shaping up. Of course they still have some holes in the rotation, but even there they have stopgaps in the event they don’t sign a middle tier free agent.