Found January 21, 2013 on
This offseason I’ve well documented how the Detroit Tigers are in a mode of win at any cost. No contract seems too lofty. No prospect is likely safe. Well entrenched players may not have the job security they’d hope to. The Detroit Tigers see their time as now.
Fortunately, the Tigers have a nucleus of players that are under team control for years to come. The window is now, but it’s not about to be slammed shut. The Tigers are still looking to improve at shortstop and potentially in left field as well. They continue to shop Rick Porcello, but are taking their time to make sure the deal is right.
And while GM Dave Dombrowski continues to tweak things up north, one of his most common trading partners from the south operates in total upheaval. The Miami Marlins had everyone believing at this time last year, with their new ballpark and revamped big dollar payroll, that they were ready to play with the big boys. And now they’ve sold off almost all of their valuable pieces and look to be...
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In his three full seasons as a Major League starter, Anibal Sanchez has slowly taken strides toward being a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
Last year he increased his K:BB ratio for the second straight season while increasing the amount of ground balls he induced. His pitch selection shows his evolution away from being a power pitcher as last year he decreased his four-seamer usage...
With Rafael Soriano signing and dropping off the free agent market radar, Jose Valverde could see interest increase rapidly. At least that is what his agent, Scott Boras, is thinking. Boras, who also represents Soriano, believes Valverde still has some solid innings left in him, but the closer was used over the last two seasons.
According to George Sipple of the Detroit...
The Baltimore Orioles, quiet all offseason, might finally be turning active.
The Orioles are pursuing a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel and also are interested in Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, according to major league sources.
No deal appears close, and it seems unlikely that the Orioles would acquire both players. Kubel, 30, is owed $7.5 million...
Several sources are reporting that the Indians will sign IF/OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract with an invite to join the big league club in spring training. Raburn certainly isn't a big fish, but he's a guy that could provide the Indians with another versatile bat, as he's played nearly every infield and outfield position over the past several seasons. Find out...
CSN's Jim Salisbury is reporting that the Phillies are pursuing Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young. One of the heroes of Detroit's post-season run, Young is a free agent and might fit in the Phillies outfield.
Jordan Bastian at Indians.com informs us that the Indians are close to agreeing to terms with former Tiger utility man Ryan Raburn on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Raburn, 31, struggled mightily last season, posting a .171/.226/.254 split with 1 homer and 12 RBI in 66 games. Prior to that, the right-handed hitter had a string of success as...