Tigers Notes: Damon, Cespedes, Turner

The Tigers announced this week that Victor Martinez is likely to miss the 2012 season with a torn ACL and though GM Dave Dombrowski said the team won’t act rashly, the Tigers figure to be on the lookout for a bat. Here’s the latest on the defending AL Central Champions…

  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on MLB Network Radio that the Tigers probably aren’t going to find someone as good as Martinez. “So if you say it’s not gonna hurt us, you’re lying,” he added. Hat tip to Jason Beck of MLB.com, who has a partial transcript of Leyland's comments.
  • Leyland said Johnny Damon’s name will likely come up since he can contribute to a club, even if he's not a "prototype DH."
  • Leyland knows there are a lot of options remaining for teams in search of hitters. “How good they produce anymore, I don’t know,” he said. “And I always ultimately leave that up to Dave. We’ve already had some discussions, I won’t say who they are, of some guys internally.”
  • John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press suggests Vladimir Guerrero and Raul Ibanez could be fits for the Tigers and notes that it remains to be seen whether Martinez's injury will affect the Tigers' pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes.
  • Right-hander Jacob Turner, third baseman Nick Castellanos, left-hander Drew Smyly and left-hander Casey Crosby top Baseball America's list of the Tigers' best prospects entering the season.
  • Leyland said the Tigers could round out their rotation with a trade or a free agent acquisition, James Schmehl of MLive.com writes. Turner and others would compete for the team's final rotation spot if Dombrowski doesn't add a starter.
  • Right-hander Max Scherzer is an extension candidate and I previewed a possible deal last night.


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28 Comments on "Tigers Notes: Damon, Cespedes, Turner"


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Mike Mark Sopp
3 years 5 months ago

Tigers have a lot of players they have a hard time getting abs for – why not leave the spot open for those guys and see if one of them steps forward?  Other than taking a gamble on Manny Ramirez, that is probably the best way to go.

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Raylan Givens' Stetson
3 years 5 months ago

Did Leyland actually say “prototype DH” instead of “prototypical DH” or is that just a misprint?

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caseyo4
3 years 5 months ago

I’d guess knowing Leyland it wasn’t a typo…

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3 years 5 months ago

Epstein will sign Yoenis, nobody will go to wrigley just to see Castro…

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rockfordone
3 years 5 months ago

I’d bet on White Sox. Faster way to majors. Torres agent??

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disgustedcubfan
3 years 5 months ago

There is no faster way to the majors than the Cubs.
Have ya seen our 40 man roster?

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j6takish
3 years 5 months ago

I’m alright with Johnny coming back simply because… Knowing how Leyland likes to construct his lineups, Johnny would bat 2nd instead of Don Kelly or Santiago. The 2nd spot of a tiger lineup is usually filled with an awful hitter.

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LeylandsLung
3 years 5 months ago

He used Boesch there. He’s not awful.

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Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 5 months ago

Instead of all this Soriano talk, the Tigers should go after Marlon Byrd. The Cubs apparently are the favorites for Cespedes and Byrd would be a solid defender in LF for the Tigers versus below average in CF. His approach at the plate is similar to VMart as well. They could then shift Delmon Young to DH where he can’t be a defensive liability.