Tigers Interested In Jeremy Guthrie

The Tigers have interest in Orioles righty Jeremy Guthrie, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The 32-year-old is behind Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda on Detroit's wish list, however.

Guthrie sports a 4.45 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 1.17 HR/9, and 35.7% groundball rate in 123 1/3 innings this year.  He's earning $5.75MM this year, and depending on how his peers do in arbitration, Guthrie could jump to the $10MM range in 2012.  Word is that the Orioles will listen on Guthrie, but they'll need to get pitching back in return.

Morosi notes that the Orioles had a Major League scout at Sunday's game between the Triple-A affiliates of the Tigers and Yankees.  Not only did the Tigers' second-best pitching prospect Andy Oliver start that contest, but the Tigers' front office instructed manager Phil Nevin to use Charlie Furbush.  It appears that the Tigers and Orioles match up well for a Guthrie trade.

On the Derek Lowe front, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets that the chances of the Tigers acquiring him are extremely low.  He says the Braves would have to pick up at least 75% of the $21MM owed to Lowe through next year, so about $15.75MM, and that's not happening.  Surely there's a team that values Lowe at more than $5.25MM through 2012.


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