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Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:49 pm

By Matt Snyder

The Tigers enter the 2012 season as the overwhelming favorites to win the AL Central division. But that doesn't mean the front office is planning on sitting back and taking it easy. In fact, the Tigers are going to be scouting starting pitchers from other clubs this spring, says assistant general manager Al Avila (Alex's father), per

“We’ll be looking at other pitchers in other camps throughout spring training to see if there’s anything that makes sense for us,” Avila said (

Tigers in spring training
The Tigers were turned down when they offered free agent starter Roy Oswalt a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, Jon Heyman of learned. They were also heavily connected to Matt Garza of the Cubs in trade rumors throughout December and January.

As things currently stand, prospect Jacob Turner is the most likely candidate to end up as the Tigers' fifth starter behind Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello. It's just that the Tigers seem very eager to win the World Series this season, without being patient, and Turner is only 20 years old. Plus, he struggled in his small sample of three starts last season for the Tigers.

We know Oswalt won't accept an offer and is planning on only pitching around a half-season anyway, but it'll be interesting to see if a trade for Garza or anyone else comes to fruition. The Tigers have pretty much already gone all-in for the season, so why stop now?

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:42 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

This article makes it sound like it's now or never for the Tigers. Fielder, Cabrera, and Verlander are all locked up long-term. Young pitching staff. They'll be contending for titles for the next 5 years at least.

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:21 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

With the fear they have in there batting order, it wont be hard for the Lions to get wins this season. Verlander is going to pitch a near gem every month, Scherzer will be up and down and so will Fister. But just thinking of opposing pitchers having to face Avila who turned it on last season, Beosch if he's health, Miguel, Prince, and the rest of the staff. They shouldnt have a problem scoring runs to keep pitchers in the game. V-Mart was a BIG loss but not enough to affect the type a season there going to have. I think they are going to be TOP contenders in the AL this season.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:50 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

The Rays could use a future 1B and the Tigers have no need for any prospects at the corners anytime soon. Tigers could send 3B Castellanos to the Rays for Jeff Neimann and they could convert him to a 1B in the Minors.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:46 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

The Tigers aren't making a move to win the division, it is to win it all and yes they will have to explore trades later on. The other thing worth noting is Scherzer and Porcello go hot and cold so they really are .500 pitchers. Garza would have been a strong addition.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:33 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

Shoulda grabbed Jamie Moyer when you had the chance.. all the guy does is win.. and im not even joking. 

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:25 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher


I was hoping for some insightful thoughts not just rehashed ideas that have been talked about since Prince Fielder signed. Maybe we could get a blog that tells us the Tigers are hoping for a big year from Justin Verlander or that Miguel Cabrera is a power hitter! 

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:23 pm

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher

No reason for the Tigers to make any unnecessary moves for a 5th starter.  They have plenty of arms in the minors to fill the 5th spot in the rotation.  I could see if they were teams in the AL Central that are supposed to really push them to the division race, making a deal would make sense.

I say give the young guys a shot and if it doesn't work out, then make a deal for a 5th starter.  It is not like the young arms could do much worse than Brad Penny.  He had a 5.00 era last year. 

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