Stark On Tigers, Shapiro, Buehrle, Oswalt, Rays

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the current version of the Tigers is significantly different than the team that started the season with a 12-17 mark. Rival executives agree that the Tigers, winners of ten straight, wouldn’t be fun to face in a playoff series at this point. Here’s Stark’s latest: 

  • People close to Indians president Mark Shapiro tell Stark that the longtime GM would be “intrigued” by the Cubs’ GM job. Shapiro’s associates say he’s happy in Cleveland, but suggest he’d listen if Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts came calling. Shapiro declined comment and there’s no indication that the Cubs have spoken to him.
  • A friend of Mark Buehrle's doesn’t believe the left-hander would retire after the season, when he is set to hit free agency. Buehrle would have been open to pitching for the Cardinals, but they have a full rotation set up for 2012, assuming they exercise Adam Wainwright’s options.
  • White Sox officials have been saying they need to cut payroll, according to Stark. Like the Cardinals, they have five starters under team control for 2012 even without Buehrle.
  • The Phillies aren’t likely to exercise Roy Oswalt’s $16MM option, but other than that the right-hander’s future remains unclear. He is another pitcher who has expressed interest in St. Louis, but it’s not a likely fit given the Cardinals’ depth. Oswalt doesn’t want to pitch in the American League or for a non-contender, according to Stark. 
  • The Marlins won’t be able to obtain manager Ozzie Guillen from the White Sox unless they’re willing to part with a “big-time player.”
  • It appears that the Rays are open to the idea of bringing Johnny Damon back for another season.
  • Aaron Rowand wants to play in 2012, though he isn’t likely to return this season. He’ll be looking for the opportunity to pick up regular at bats next year, according to Stark.


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17 Comments on "Stark On Tigers, Shapiro, Buehrle, Oswalt, Rays"


rsanchez1
3 years 11 months ago

Trading a player for a manager is nonsense. Then again, the Marlins would be the team to do it, given their record with trades…

Pawsdeep
3 years 11 months ago

They scored huge with that Cabrera deal…

JacksTigers
3 years 11 months ago

That was a terrible deal for the Tigers. They should have NEVER given up on Mike Rabello (I think that’s how you spell it.)

3 years 11 months ago

To be fair, that was the best offer at the time. Maybin and Miller were the top prospects at the time and were considered a “couldn’t miss” deal. 

Hindsight, my friend. 

Pawsdeep
3 years 11 months ago

I will agree. At the time it happened, A few of my friends were PISSED. The couldn’t believe DD gave up miller and maybin…however, none of them are complaining about that trade today.

dttl
3 years 11 months ago

They already accepted wainwrights options…

chaifetz10
3 years 11 months ago

It’s not “officially official” yet though.  It’s 99.9% assumed they will, and all reports have stated they will…but until the team actually files the paperwork, it’s not a completely done deal.

Jeffy25
3 years 11 months ago

Well take mark if he wants to come on the cheap :)

chaifetz10
3 years 11 months ago

If we could get any team at all to take Lohse or Westbrook, even if we have to eat a bit of salary…I’d gladly have Buehrle at the same price we are paying both of them. 

monkeyspanked
3 years 11 months ago

Way to take up the challenge Roy!  You don’t want to come to the AL because they’d rock your AAAA pitching.  Stay where it’s safe.  Weak.

BlueCatuli
3 years 11 months ago

Or, he likes handling the bat. You know, guys do pride themselves on there hitting.

buddaley
3 years 11 months ago

And he should be very proud. Over 782 career PAs, his line is .153/.192/.169 with 7 doubles, 0 triples and 1 home run. Despite his batting prowess, pitchers apparently don’t pitch around him much as he has walked in 3.3% of his PAs. He does get included in the offense as he has managed 104 sacrifice hits in his career and even a sacrifice fly once. Oswalt has never attempted a stolen base.

BlueCatuli
3 years 11 months ago

Way to knock a guy on the tail end of his career who was arguably the best pitcher in the NL for the better part of a decade. Do you really blame the guy for staying where he’s comfortable as opposed to learning a new league?

JacksTigers
3 years 11 months ago

Did you have a bad expirence with him personally or something because that was a little harsh.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 11 months ago

lol AAAA pitching. Somebody doesn’t understand or watch baseball.

This guy had a sub 2 ERA with the Phillies last year and lead baseball in WHIP. He may be having an inconsistent year but he’s still a solid #3.

hrbomber1113
3 years 11 months ago

Somebody doesn’t understand back injuries or small sample sizes.

Redbirds16
3 years 11 months ago

Do Lohse and Westbrook have any trade value? Do they want to trade their NTC to go anywhere?

Everyone seems to want to pitch in StL. Of course, I’d pitch in Jersey if I were getting paid a couple million bucks for it (and if I were good enough, of course).