The idea of the Red Sox trading Julio Lugo to the Tigers for Dontrelle Willis has been on the table for a while, and officials familiar with the talks said it's still out there this week. Both teams are said to be calling around, checking carefully into both players to see whether it would be worth swapping one bad contract for another.
The Red Sox have little interest in keeping Lugo, who they signed to a $36 million, four-year contract two winters back (he's owed $18 million over the next two years, with a vesting option for 2011). The Tigers owe Willis $22 million over the next two years, and some people in the organization believe there's very little chance that he'll bounce back from his disastrous 2008 season.
The Tigers do need a shortstop, and if they can be convinced that Lugo can play the position adequately, they may go ahead and try to make the deal.