AL Central Notes: Tigers, Infante, Pavano, Twins

We took a glimpse at the NL Central earlier this evening and in the interest of equal time, we'll run down the latest out of the AL Central as well..

  • The Tigers have Marlins second baseman Omar Infante on their shopping list, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com (via Twitter).  If Miami sells, Stark writes that the former Tiger would be an excellent fit for Detroit.  
  • Carl Pavano could have been a potential trade chip for the Twins but the hurler won't be back in action before the trade deadline, tweets Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN.  Mackey notes that the Twins acquired Pavano prior to the waiver deadline in 2009 and speculates that they could go that route this year if they choose to move him.
  • Adelyn Santa, the Tigers' most expensive international signing in 2011, is no longer with the team, writes Jim Callis of Baseball America.  The Dominican third baseman signed for $750K last year on July 3 and it's not yet known why he was cut loose by Detroit.


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25 Comments on "AL Central Notes: Tigers, Infante, Pavano, Twins"


WisBrave
3 years 1 month ago

Omar would be a fit in Atlanta as well!

EightMileCats
3 years 1 month ago

I like the Infante to Detroit idea. Anyone have any idea how long he’s under contract for?

wrestlingcritic
3 years 1 month ago

thru ’13. he has a .290 avg and more hits than he does games played

3 years 1 month ago

2013 and his contract was for 2 yrs/8mil so very reasonably priced.  A very good athletic defender who can flat hit, has some extra base pop and can steal a base from time to time.  He would be a great fit for the Tiger’s and in my opinion when you combine everything I think would be the best option of any of the rumored/possible second baseman.  

JoshWin
3 years 1 month ago

 The Tigers never should have gotten rid of Infante (they traded him for the execrable Jacque Jones after the 2007 season).  Infante made a key error in August 2006 and I don’t think Leyland ever forgave him — soon after that the Tigers traded for the even more execrable Neifi Perez and Infante rode the bench for the next year plus.

Jonathan Sisk
3 years 1 month ago

santa asked for his release… heard rumors of a hand injury, which doesn’t explain why they didn’t just put him on the disabled list or at worst the restricted list… hopefully we get more info at some point

Josh Gedert
3 years 1 month ago

Santa was released because he couldn’t get his visa for the US…

Jonathan Sisk
3 years 1 month ago

wasn’t he just 16-17 though? why wouldn’t they just play him in the DR and try to resolve that down the road… or did he have an issue that would permanently disallow him from getting a visa? 

Josh Gedert
3 years 1 month ago

I think he was a bit older.. And it said he requested his release because he’s been trying two years to get the visa, but failed.

Jonathan Sisk
3 years 1 month ago

where you hearing this from? he was supposedly signed last july as a 16 year old which would make him 17 now… why would he have been trying to get a visa as a 15 year old with no job here? could he not even get a travel visa to come to work outs or something? that would mean he had some communicable disease or was a convicted felon of some sort… doesn’t add up

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Hard time with the words “trade chip” and the name of Carl Pavano being linked together. It’s not like he is doing well this year, last year and is being paid cheaply at 8m.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

I heard the Yankees are interested.  They have requested a window for negociations before any trade would be finalized.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 THAT would be funny. he would be Drawn-n-Quartered in the Bronx…

3 years 1 month ago

Carl Pavano could have been a potential trade chip for the Twins
A Trade Chip? I wouldn’t have given the Twins a potato chip for him even if he were healthy. A trade chip…

On a more serious note, what happened to Santiago for the Tigers? I always thought he was pretty good and really on the same level as Infante. I guess not this year.

Man though, I thought the O’s were going to come out firing after the all-star break and work towards getting that Wild Card game like Verducci predicted.
Maybe tomorrow,lol.

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t mind a Drew/Infante SS/2B combo for the Tigers. Although, I’m not sure Peralta would want a utility role 2B/SS/3B and Drew’s injury history makes me nervous.

EightMileCats
3 years 1 month ago

Peralta has been decent enough to warrant his option being picked up. Drew worries me. Let’s see if anyone is available after next season.
Infante would be great however. Bat him 2nd or 6th
Wonder how much Miami would want for him

wrestlingcritic
3 years 1 month ago

I dont think hed be THAT expensive, maybe a couple of lower level prospects

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah he’s been decent but with us already having 2 pitchers that rely on ground balls (Fister/Porcello) Drew would help strengthen our defense. Not to mention Turner is another sinker baller waiting in the wings. With Arizona already questioning Drew’s commitment and his missed time, it might be a good time to buy low.

snapcase8p
3 years 1 month ago

I could see a Brantley/Oliver (or mid level prospect) being enough for Infante.

$28892250
3 years 1 month ago

Yea, my guess would be a package of Oliver and Putkonen (mid level and high level mixed bag) or something along those lines. I don’t think they go as high as a Daniel Fields or Crosby-type. Maybe Brantly and a small piece..

3 years 1 month ago

Who’s Drew?

3 years 1 month ago

Stephen Drew.  Arizona SS.

sdsuphilip
3 years 1 month ago

Not a big deal but the article was writen by Ben Badler who does a great job at BA with all things international.

rsanchez1
3 years 1 month ago

I have to say, as a Marlins fan, Omar Infante made an impression on me last season, and I’m his fan. I would hate to see him go. However, even though he started strong, he has been going through a slump the past couple of months. I would understand if the Marlins traded him, especially given how bad they are in the NL East.

$28892250
3 years 1 month ago

Bring Omar back to the D! I always liked the guy when he was here (as did the majority of the fan base) and would welcome him back with open arms.