Chone Figgins of the Seattle Mariners slides into third base in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field on April 20, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
WIth the hot stove starting to heat up, it makes sense to start rounding up some of the rumors officially, rather than leaving it to the FanShots. Here's some of thew news from the past few days:
The Tigers have said they will tender a contract to Young.
You've already read (and discussed) this one. But Morosi reports the Tigers are interested in trading for the Braves' Martin Prado, who can play second base and lead off. The Tigers are willing to trade Delmon Young, he says. However, they'll have some competition as free agent second basemen keep leaving the board. Recently, Mark Ellis signed with the Dodgers, leaving the Rockies still in the market. But this is definitely a player to keep an eye on.
Figgins was an an above-average third baseman with the Angels. He got on base, he ran the bases (42 steals in both 2009 and 2010), he fielded the position well. Yet he was among the worst batters in baseball this past season with the Mariners. The problem for Seattle is that he's owed a combined $17 million in 2012-13, with an additional $9 million possible based on plate appearances in 2013.. So they would like to move him, and will throw some money in to make it happen. They view the Tigers as a possible trading partner, FoxSports says.
This is a move that very much intrigues me, because I would not be surprised to see him bounce back from an awful 2011 season influenced by an awful .215 BABIP (.294 xBABIP) and way too many infield popups.
Furcal is a shortstop, and would probably not move to second base. However, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report the Tigers have some interest in Furcal if he would move to second.
Reyes was offered a $90 million, 6-year deal by the Marlins, reports say. Over the weekend, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Detroit would be interested in Reyes but he did not anticipate the Tigers making that kind of big move during this offseason. (Beck's blog has more from Dombrowski's interview with MLB Network Radio).
So Ramirez is probably out too, Beck says.
(MLB Trade Rumors is a good source and helped make this article easier.)
If you see more rumors today, feel free to add them to this thread with a link.