According to Jayson Stark yesterday, the Tigers are indeed shopping ousted 29 year-old third baseman Brandon Inge. He says the Dodgers and Phillies have already said no. My guess at the rationale: the Dodgers will go internal and are less concerned with the position, and the Phils want a good hitter at the position.
Inge seemingly peaked in ’06, hitting 27 HRs with fine defense. That earned him a four-year, $24MM extension. He’s got three years and $19.1MM left. His stock is down after posting a .688 OPS last year. Inge was a catcher as recently as 2004, so maybe he can don the tools of ignorance once again. There, his offense wouldn’t look nearly as poor. Still, it’s hard to figure out a team that would pursue him.