The Tigers should have nontendered the 27-year-old outfielder last December, but they thought they could trade him. As it turned out, they weren't getting any bites, so cutting bait now was the right move. Boesch's contract for the 2013 season was worth $2.3 million. By cutting him now, the Tigers only owe him a sixth ($383,333) of that.
Boesch finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 and then hit .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers in just 115 games in 2011, but last season was a different matter. Boesch regressed to .240/.286/.372 with 12 homers in 503 plate appearances. He struck out 104 times while walking just 26. For those into the advanced metrics, Boesch's WAR was 2.3 in 2011 and negative-1.4 last season.
The Yankees have "some interest" in Boesch, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. The Yankees have a serious need for corner infield help to start the season and Boesch has never played first base, but they could always try to have him learn it on the fly. While it's not "easy" per se, it is the easiest position on the field.
Per Heyman, the Mets also have interest. Boesch makes sense for the Mets, as outfield appears a serious weakness heading into the season.
This spring, Boesch is hitting .188/.278/.250 in 18 plate appearances.
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