AL Central Notes: Cespedes, Royals, Cuddyer

The Tigers, who agreed to sign Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal today, have interest in Coco Crisp. Here are the latest updates from their division, starting with a note on another possible outfield target for Detroit:

  • Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will watch Yoenis Cespedes play in the Dominican Republic, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, who suggests this is “very unusual” for Dombrowski (Twitter link). Cespedes isn’t yet a free agent, but he’s in the process of establishing temporary residency in the Dominican and may hit the open market soon.
  • Before the Royals signed Jonathan Broxton, outfielder Jeff Francoeur and manager Ned Yost went hunting with the right-hander in Georgia, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. The outing helped convince Broxton to join the Royals.
  • Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says the team is "making a mad effort" to sign Michael Cuddyer, according to Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 (on Twitter).
  • Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears Josh Willingham may be a fit in Minnesota if the Twins don’t re-sign Cuddyer. Similarly, the Red Sox may have interest if they don’t re-sign David Ortiz, Slusser writes.


34 Responses to AL Central Notes: Cespedes, Royals, Cuddyer Leave a Reply

  1. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Maybe the Tigers have a good shot at Cespades afterall.

    • FunkyTime 4 years ago

       We can only hope.

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      It would really be awesome. I would be naucious waiting for opening day. I already cant wait!

      • RationalSportsFan 4 years ago

        I doubt Cespedes would start in the majors.  I thought word on him was that he would need some time in the minors. 

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          I’ve heard both. I think Spring Training would answer that though.

          • RationalSportsFan 4 years ago

            Yea, it would be amazing if he were ready to play in the bigs.  Gonna be a fun guy to watch, regardless of the team he ends up on.

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        I’m already anticipating the new NBA season. December 26 and then I can watch the Pistons. It’s not the Tigers, but it’s something.

  2. Chipper_is_GOD 4 years ago

    “Before the Royals signed Jonathan Broxton, outfielder Jeff Francoeur and manager Ned Yost went hunting with the right-hander in Georgia, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. The outing helped convince Broxton to join the Royals”

    Chipper wasn’t with them? He’s good friends with Brox and Frenchy. He was probably down at the Hooters picking up chicks instead.

    • twenty1thirteen 4 years ago

      Hmm, wings, beer, cleavage, and tight shorts vs. killing deer? Tough choice there… :)

    • Pete 4 years ago

      Still disgusts me that we have hunting for recreation and sport in 2011. So dumb.

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        I don’t know about where you are, but in Michigan, killing deer with guns is very humane. The problem is that there are too many deer with not enough food. It’s either get shot or starve. I don’t know about you, but I’d take a blind bullet to the head as opposed to starving for weeks. I don’t take part in it, but I understand it.

        • Chipper_is_GOD 4 years ago

          Yep

          And here in Georgia there are so many deer they cause problems. Like running into cars and stuff.

          Why anyone is against hunting idk.

        • unvme7 4 years ago

          ..get shot or starve………or hit them on the highway and do damage to your car and yourself! (talking about deer here)

          I agree, I dont participate, but lots of people do, including a ton of baseball players.  It’s just like any other animal we currently eat, we just happen to get it ourselves.  Plus, deer is overpopulated. 

      • ImperialStout 4 years ago

        Better to hunt for your food and fight deer overpopulation than to buy factory beef. 

        • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

          Couldn’t agree more. Cattle farms are 1000% more disgusting and less humane than hunting.

          That problem people have with hunting your own food is that they are too weak willed to actually grasp where there food comes from. They seem to rather turn a blind eye as opposed to actually understanding that a steak was once a living, breathing, creature. It’s almost a total disassociation from what makes us human to hate hunting.

        • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

          Couldn’t agree more. Cattle farms are 1000% more disgusting and less humane than hunting.

          That problem people have with hunting your own food is that they are too weak willed to actually grasp where there food comes from. They seem to rather turn a blind eye as opposed to actually understanding that a steak was once a living, breathing, creature. It’s almost a total disassociation from what makes us human to hate hunting.

  3. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    no interest in willingham

    • Minorityfanbasewannabe 4 years ago

      Why not as a replacement for papi? He could move to the right giving Lavarnway more at bats or giving youk a day off. I mean i would say we wouldn’t need him but if we limit his time in the field he could be quite usefull.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        he’s average at best defensively in left field; fenway’s RF will eat him up. he has upside offensively, but not nearly as much as carlos beltran – who could also handle RF better

        i’m in favor of letting ortiz walk, but not in favor of willingham at all. if you’re going that route, you go with beltran

  4. snapcase8p 4 years ago

    I don’t think that’s unusual for Dombrowski. He’s a very hands on GM. And a pretty decent evaluator of talent.

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      I think it means that its unusual for him to go watch a forign player in another country.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      He rarley goes to see international free agents. He usually sends someone. I think Avila went to see Chapman last year.

  5. Guest 4 years ago

    Mozeliak needs to do some deer stalking with Dan Lozano. Dan probably won’t be interested

  6. Mozeliak needs to do some deer stalking with Dan Lozano. He probably won’t be interested though; he’s busy money hunting.

  7. ToledoFan 4 years ago

    Seems like DD has some master plan in place and is exploring all his options.

    The fact that the Tigers are liked to Coco Crisp and this kid tells me that DD may have some really big move up his sleeve. What that is, and who will go where, I have no idea. 

    I do think that the resigning of Santiago signals that he’s more comfortable with a platoon at 2B than 3B.

    But I bet than by the end of this month, we will know.

    • ImperialStout 4 years ago

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move involving Austin Jackson, honestly.

      • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

        Thought the same thing….him or(d)Elmon. They don’t need any one else in the OF unless they plan and not having someone already on the roster for opening day…I imagine boesch would be the only untouchable out there

  8. Sk1988 4 years ago

    speed is the basic reason tigers need speed and an ok OBP (AJ has speed but OBP is iffy) (Boesch used to have a little speed in the minors)

  9. GOTIGERS24 4 years ago

    The Tigers need to sign cespedes, if hes the player he is said to be the tigers would have a great shot at a World Series.

  10. GOTIGERS24 4 years ago

    The Tigers need to go and get Cespedes, if he is as good as he is said to be the Tigers would have a great shot at a World Series

  11. Chipper_is_GOD 4 years ago

    You’re thinking of Manny Ramirez, not Chipper. Chipper just cheats on his wifes.

  12. Onetimeaccount 4 years ago

    Nevermind I meant Willy Aybar, who was also a Ray.
    hmm

  13. Chipper_is_GOD 4 years ago

    Joe Maddon teaches them how to hit balls… and their wifes.

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