The Detroit Tigers have been gauging trade interest in left-handed reliever Brad Thomas and are willing to move him, a major league source told FOXSports.com.
Detroit is in the rare position of having a surplus of left-handed relievers. There are three on the active roster: David Purcey, Daniel Schlereth, and Charlie Furbush. Left-handed starter Phil Coke is a converted reliever, and it’s not out of the question that he could return to the bullpen if the team acquires or develops a starting pitcher later this year.
It’s not clear whether any teams have emerged as serious suitors for Thomas, the 33-year-old Australian. He is currently on what has become a lengthy rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Toledo. He has a 2.00 ERA in six appearances there; he struck out the side in his one inning of work on Monday.
Thomas was placed on the disabled list May 11 with inflammation in his throwing elbow. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 12 big-league appearances this year.
The Tigers lead the American League Central and appear certain to “buy” at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. But their biggest needs are open to debate. Although they have had minimal production at second and third base, the Tigers are averaging 5.08 runs per game this month, second-highest in baseball. So, they may instead look for pitching in the weeks to come.
— Jon Paul Morosi