Some news items from the Motor City….
- "The Tigers were not involved in the bidding for Jamey Carroll," reports MLB.com's Jason Beck. The Tigers are willing to give a multiyear deal to a second baseman but weren't willing to offer such a contract to the 37-year-old Carroll. The Twins signed Carroll to a two-year, $7MM contract today, pending a physical. Carroll was seen as a fit in Detroit by several contestants in the MLBTR Free Agent Prediction Contest, including both myself and Tim Dierkes.
- Also from Beck, the Tigers have begun negotiations with some free agent targets but "no deal is believed to be close."
- Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio (Twitter link) that his club is looking at second and third basemen, "but doubts" the Tigers will pursue such big names as Aramis Ramirez, Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins.
- Dombrowski also confirmed to Bowden (Twitter link) that the club will tender a contract to Delmon Young. Matt Swartz projects Young will earn $6.3MM in arbitration this winter, Young's third time through the process. Young was on pace to be non-tendered by the Twins but after being dealt to the Tigers in August, Young hit reasonably well down the stretch for Detroit and posted a 1.170 OPS in the Tigers' ALDS victory over the Yankees.