With time to kill as he was waiting for his Cabrera/Willis masterpiece to become official, Dave Dombrowski apparently managed to keep himself busy. (During the trade presser, he said he barely left his room.) Trader Dave is still rockin' Nashville, people.
UPDATE (11:00 p.m.): Danny Knobler is dispelling this rumor. If there was a chance for a Willis-to-Mets trade to happen, it would've had to occur in a three-way deal.
Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York reports that the Tigers are considering turning Dontrelle Willis around and trading him to the New York Mets. (Say it ain't so, DD! Did you hear how happy the D-Train was to be coming to D-Town on WXYT this afternoon?)
The Pudge part of the deal doesn't make a lot of sense, as he's the only major league catcher in the Tigers' organization who can play right now. Unless Detroit is looking to get Brian Schneider or Johnny Estrada in return, I don't really see it. And are the Tigers really looking to dump salary at this point? Maybe... if they're trying to gear up for a Cabrera contract extension.
And I know there have been rumblings that the Tigers didn't really want Willis, and took him at the Marlins' insistence, but doesn't the starting rotation really need him?
The Tigers have acquired outfielder Freddy Guzman from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. (Best joke about the deal? The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant says that the PTBNL will not be Miguel Cabrera or Dontrelle Willis. He wonders, however, if it might be Chris Shelton.)
Guzman fills the center field hole in the organization that's been created by both Cameron Maybin and Gorkys Hernandez being traded. He spent virtually all of last season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, batting .269/.348/.363 with four home runs, 34 RBI, and 56 stolen bases.
UPDATE (10:00 p.m.): It's now official. Shelton has indeed been traded to Texas for Guzman. The deal will be announced after tomorrow's Rule 5 draft, according to Jason Beck.
One potential new destination for Brandon Inge, with Miguel Cabrera ready to take over at third base, is San Francisco. Giants GM Brian Sabean is interested, after losing out on Cabrera, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft:
Sabean noted that trades such as the Marlins-Tigers blockbuster often create a chain reaction that prompts subsequent deals.
"Once the bigger chips fall, it kind of reduces everybody to the second and third tier of what we're able to do," he said.