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Tigers trade Matt Joyce for Edwin Jackson

Posted on: December 10, 2008 11:22 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2008 12:29 am

LAS VEGAS -- The Tigers, who missed out on both their top two choices for closer, have instead traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Rays for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson.

Jackson had become an extra part with the Rays, who plan to put rookie David Price in their starting rotation in 2009. Tampa Bay has been seeking an outfielder to replace Rocco Baldelli, and still could use another bat to replace designated hitter Cliff Floyd.

"This certainly doesn't take us out of the running for a DH/right field-type player," Rays general manager Andrew Friedman said. "But it gives us depth."

Because of the number of outfielders still available, both on the free-agent market and the trade market, the Rays believe they can be patient as they try to acquire another bat. The Rays would prefer a right-handed hitter to complement a lineup filled with lefties, but sources said they won't rule out a hitter simply because he's left-handed.

The Tigers had focused on getting bullpen help, but they also have rotation issues. Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman, Armando Galarraga and Jackson are now set, but the Tigers have little confidence in Nate Robertson or Dontrelle Willis.

One name to watch for in spring training is Rick Porcello, the Tigers' top draft pick in 2007.

The Tigers aren't sure what they'll do about the clsoer job. They don't have the money to play for Brian Fuentes, and they don't believe that Trevor Hoffman can succeed in the American League. They could try to trade for a closer, possibly George Sherrill of the Orioles.

Category: MLB

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2008 12:49 pm

Tigers trade Matt Joyce for Edwin Jackson

You really don't know anything about the Rays or baseball for that matter do you?  We have pitching galore...not just Price, but Wade Davis and Jeff Nieman also.  We needed a bat and got one.  Unless C.C. can lose some weight and pitch 3 times a week you will finish where you did last year.

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2008 12:36 pm

Tigers trade Matt Joyce for Edwin Jackson

YnksWn-BoSuk you may be a bit over zealous about the Yankees. The Red Sox are still there and it looks like some of the rest of the American League has risen to challenge them. Also, the last couple of times the Yanks were in the World series they managed to lose. If my memeory serves me correctly, twice to the Marlins and once to the Diamonbacks. Do not get me wrong, I am a Yanks fan too and would like for you to be on target. Tex will be a huge pick-up to go along with Sabathia. The Yanks need another top pitcher however. Their starting pitching staff as a whole has been less than impressive for some time now.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2008 11:47 am

Tigers trade Matt Joyce for Edwin Jackson

Doesn't Texiera wear #24?

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2008 3:13 am
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