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Trade Watch: Again With the Jack Wilson Chatter

Apparently, I gave Matt in Toledo nightmares by merely broaching the possibility that the Tigers might be interested in Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. (I do apologize for that, Matt. But I imagine the Tigers' play over the weekend took over the top spot on your totem pole of horror.) However, maybe that wasn't just idle speculation by the Washington Post's Dave Sheinin. Maybe he'd heard something. Because there might just be a little bit of smoke to this.

The Freep's Jon Paul Morosi fanned the dry tinder a bit this morning, following up on Detroit's interest in Colorado's Clint Barmes:

One name to keep in mind is Jack Wilson. His future with Pittsburgh is in doubt after the Pirates acquired Cesar Izturis from the Chicago Cubs, even though Wilson is in the first season of a three-year, $20.2-million contract.

Plenty of signs point to a potential fit between Detroit and Pittsburgh:

  • Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski is a longtime friend of Pirates GM Dave Littlefield, and the two worked on a deal for Sean Casey at this time last year.
  • Leyland scouted games in Pittsburgh while working for the Cardinals, so he has watched Wilson play.
  • And, most important, Wilson passes the defense-first test.

If you're near Matt in Toledo during the next two days, don't leave him alone or in the dark.

Oh, and by the way, the Tigers don't appear to be in on any of the available relievers right now. Enjoy your Monday!