Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/23/14
As the powers that be amongst Major League baseball gather for the annual winter meetings, the Detroit Tigers will be in the conversation, as always. Detroit enters December with one primary trade chip and that is shortstop Jhonny Peralta. A number of teams are interested in his services as a full-time 3rd baseman. He is signed for just one year at $6M, which makes him an attractive piece to just about anyone looking. Below is a list of the most recent updates and potential happenings as the month of December springs into action across MLB. Potential to Leave As stated above, Peralta is a very likely trade option. Detroit is still inquiring into the services of shortstop Stephen Drew. The Tigers want him on a short-term deal, as do most other teams. Drew is entering his age 30 season and would love to have some additional security, but he must know that if he takes a short contract, even just one year, and tears it up, that teams will be throwing all kinds of money his way a year from now. Have Detroit Tigers fans seen the last of Jhonny Peralta in Motown? To Tigers fans, the Drew rumors seem to have cooled off a bit, which is usually just about the time that GM Dave Dombrowski pounces. Stay tuned. Detroit only non-tendered one of their arbitration eligible players and that was lefty reliever Daniel Schlereth. It was more who they did tender that was of note though, and that included outfielder Brennan Boesch. Don’t take the Tigers offering Boesch a contract as a guarantee that he’ll be with the club in spring training. The Tigers have a logjam in left field with Boesch, Andy Dirks, and Quintin Berry. All 3 of these players are very doubtful to break camp on the roster together. Other teams have been calling on Boesch and the Tigers will listen, but only if the price is right. Boesch still has a ceiling that he hasn’t hit and if his confidence can be restored, along with his ability to hit average fastballs, then he could be one of those players that comes back to bite the Tigers if they let him go. Unlikely to Leave A bunch of teams have been blowing up Dombrowski’s phone about Rick Porcello’s availability. As of now Dombrowski is saying that he isn’t taking offers to heart, but that could change. The main reason the Tigers would ship off Porcello is if they somehow reacquire Anibal Sanchez. More on that in a minute. Another player rumored as a potential trade piece from the Tigers is Andy Dirks. With his ability to play left and right field and solid credentials against left-handed pitching, he seems like a guy who will remain with the club for the time being. For now, Dirks is slated to play left on a mostly everyday basis. Not Happening Experts and prognositcators far and wide continue to rumor just about every available closer in the Tigers’ direction. Dombrowski repeatedly refutes these rumors, indicating instead that Detroit will give rookie-to-be Bruce Rondon a legitimate shot at the gig. Keep in mind that the Tigers already have about $10M tied up next year in the names of Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel. In my opinion, Detroit would be financially foolish to throw a huge contract at a Rafael Soriano or the like. Give Rondon first crack at it. If he falters, the Tigers have enough depth with Benoit, Dotel, Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, etc. to get the job done. Happening? Keep your eyes and ears open for the Peralta trade. That could happen as soon as this week if Detroit locks in on Drew. This is the most likely take away from the winter meetings for the Tigers. But doesn’t that just seem kind of bland for a Tigers offseason? With Dombrowski’s creativity in mind, don’t be surprised to see something wild and ‘out of the blue’ take place. Such a deal could involve Porcello or Boesch, or both. [Follow me on Twitter @isportsJoe or subscribe to our Detroit Tigers Feed] One thing most fans would rather not see is a move that would compromise the depth of the Tigers’ minor league system. With so little in the way of top-end prospects, Detroit needs to hold tight on guys like Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos. Despite his lofty goals of 6-7 years and $90-100M, the Tigers haven’t completely given up on signing Anibal Sanchez. I simply don’t see Detroit giving him anything north of a 5-year deal though. If Sanchez wants to assure himself of the privilege of playing on a championship-caliber team like Detroit, then he might have to make a few concessions along the way. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. The Tigers certainly aren’t the odds-on favorites to get Anibal, but stranger things have happened. Remember, the goal in the regular season is to be at least good enough to make the playoffs. As we saw just a few months ago, from there anything can happen. As it sits right now, the Tigers are easily the team to beat in the AL Central once again. A major overhaul is not required. Shoring up the middle defense and getting some better on-base skills in the batting order should just about do it. To receive an email each time a new Tigers article is published, fill out the Email Notification Form
PLAYERS: Anibal Sanchez
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

NBA Replay Center readies for its debut on Opening Night

Tigers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.