Update Saturday: MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports the Marlins are looking for relief pitching in return. He adds two National League clubs were interested in Dan Uggla as well and that the Marlins are still assessing their ability to re-sign him.
Maybe all this drafting of relief pitching will pay off after all...
Only a few days after I wrote pursuing Dan Uggla is exactly the kind of thing the Tigers could be expected to do, they are doing it. At least, that's what reports from FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi say tonight.
For this to happen, I expect the Marlins would ask for a package that started with Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver's names, and frankly, I think the price is a bit too high there. Not that Uggla isn't worth that. Just that I think Detroit can't afford to be trading too much of the future. I imagine they'd also want a top positional prospect like Daniel Fields or a player to be named later like Nick Castellanos. But that's just a beginning spot.
Anyway, just because the Tigers name has been linked to the Marlins doesn't necessarily mean much. Usually the moves end up surprising us and we don't hear about a long flirtation period in the media before the Tigers actually make an acquisition.
But I do expect Detroit will make an interesting trade this offseason. Hopefully for some pitching ...
(Via MLB Trade Rumors)