Quick Hits: Red Sox, Weeks, Tigers, Cain

The latest links from around MLB, as Albert Pujols flashes some power in Arizona…

  • Red Sox GM Ben Cherington told reporters, including Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the club continues monitoring the market for starting pitching. "We’re not doing our job if we’re not looking, whether that’s trade or free agent opportunities," Cherington said.
  • Excel Sports management represents Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks, the agency confirmed to MLBTR. Check out our Agency Database for the details on who represents MLB players.
  • There’s no indication that extension talks between the Giants and Matt Cain are stalling, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Twitter links). There’s lots of time remaining before the soft deadline of Opening Day, and it doesn’t appear that the sides are particularly close to a deal.
  • It seems unlikely that the Tigers would give up a major package for a fifth starter, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney tweets. Manager Jim Leyland says he’s pleased with his internal options for the final rotation spot and the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jason Beck tweets.


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19 Comments on "Quick Hits: Red Sox, Weeks, Tigers, Cain"


jfretless
3 years 4 months ago

get ‘er done Sabean.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

I know that it’s unlikely, but I wonder if the Tigers are thinking about Hamels in free agency and trading Turner. Just a thought.

3 years 4 months ago

That does not make economic sense for them. They’ve already got three players earning over $20 million a year and adding someone who is most likely going to command that is not going to happen. If they were a larger market team then maybe…but not in the current market they are in. 

No doubt Fielder was a surprise as well – but to add Hamels would just strain belief. 

corey23
3 years 4 months ago

 but the economy is booming in detroit

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

What does the city have to do with it? If they sell out almost every night, like they will, they will be fine.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

I heard the same thing before, except that three was a two. They are a fairly large market. Definitely a top 10. Will it happen? Probably not, but I wouldn’t rule them out.

GOTIGERS24
3 years 4 months ago

Illitch is worth over 2 billion dollars and desperately wants a world series, he is in his 80’s so it wouldn’t surprise me if he decides to go for hamels Cain or b-phillips next offseason. He’s already paying for fielders contract out of his pocket, so don’t be surprised if he makes more moves.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 4 months ago

I like how each time someone asks the RedSox if they are looking for more pitching depth, that the answer is posted on here no matter how many times its the same answer.

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

Man I would love for Boston to start the season with an OF of just Sweeney, Ross, Ells and then they have Avilleswho can play RF in a pinch.. CC is expected back in a hurry and that way they can keep the RH bat of lavarnway on the bench as a potent weapon. mcdonald is a goner anyway when CC comes back after the 1st week or 2 of the season no matter how much he hits in meaningless spring games.

MaineSox
3 years 4 months ago

Lavarnway is going back to AAA so he can get regular at-bats.  No way they waste him sitting on the bench just for the sake of having him in the majors.

owlssc
3 years 4 months ago

If the Brewers fail very badly, the Tigers should trade prospects for Rickie Weeks. They need a second baseman and imagine what morale boost we’d have from Prince.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

I’d prefer to wait and see what’s going on with Phillips in the offseason.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 4 months ago

I’d prefer the Tigers to trade for the other Weeks brother, Jemile. Leadoff hitter that can steal 30 bases and play good defense at 2b. Sign me up. Apparently, Billy Beane really likes RH Jacob Turner, the Tigers already have four RH starters for the considerable future (Verlander, Fister, Scherzer, Porcello), and one of LH starting prospects Oliver, Crosby, Smyly could take the fifth spot by 2013.

hawkny1
3 years 4 months ago

Ben, 
Not much out there in the way of free agent starters right now.  So why don’t you say as much to Cafardo so that he stops repeating himself by writing time and again about how you are “monitoring” the market.  Nick might was well  tell us that you regularly brush your teeth in the morning.  It is given amongst us readers that you do both.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 4 months ago

I’m gonna get a lot of “no way in hell” responses, but I think Cain and the Giants are going to agree to a 10 year/$180-200MM deal. Cain is looking for record money and the Giants are looking for a lower yearly cost and in 10 years a $20 million a year paycheck just won’t be a whole hell of a lot, especially if there is a signing bonus structured in to cut the annual average to $18MM or $19MM.

rainyperez
3 years 4 months ago

Hell in way no! There I changed it up for you 😀

Not sure where you’re getting your info but Cain and his agent want “fair value.” In my opinion it does not translate to, “I want ridiculous years and be paid like a Cy Young which I haven’t won yet” 

While the Players Association would be happy, along with Lincecum and Kershaw, Cain does not merit the reputation for that kind of money. As a Giants fan that type of contract would be completely out of left field for the ownership. 

I do believe you do have the annual average salary right. I think he gets 6 years $17-$20 million per season.

rainyperez
3 years 4 months ago

Hell in way no! There I changed it up for you 😀

Not sure where you’re getting your info but Cain and his agent want “fair value.” In my opinion it does not translate to, “I want ridiculous years and be paid like a Cy Young which I haven’t won yet” 

While the Players Association would be happy, along with Lincecum and Kershaw, Cain does not merit the reputation for that kind of money. As a Giants fan that type of contract would be completely out of left field for the ownership. 

I do believe you do have the annual average salary right. I think he gets 6 years $17-$20 million per season.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

So what happens in 2014 when Cain pops his elbow and never returns to be anything other than long reliever. The Giants would then have to pay him $160MM-$180MM to sit on the bench through 2021. They learned their lesson through Zito.

Sully65
3 years 4 months ago

Sox seem to have the pieces to make a move for a good solid relief pitcher more than a good solid Starter. Why not let Aceves be a starter and make the deal for the relief pitcher. Both Bard and Aceves seem to be taking to the whole starting pitching this far in the spring and Sox will have Cook,Silva,Padilla, etc. in minors for fill-in role and Dice will be around come mid-season or so.