Apparently this is the e-edition of Tigers rumors, as both players have nothing but E's in their last name. Yeah, I'm reaching. I know. That's blogging for you.
The Tigers have been cited as one of the teams showing interest in Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes for awhile now. That was pleasing to many fans, I think, if for no reason other than it kept things interesting during a quiet November. As it turns out, there really was something to these rumors.
In fact, Tigers CEO/president/GM Dave Dombrowski decided to start his Winter Meetings shopping a couple of days early when he flew down to the Dominican Republic to visit with Cespedes personally yesterday.
Detroit News writer Lynn Henning wrote today:
Although his celebrity rose when he defected to the Dominican Republic last summer, Cespedes has been under the Tigers' eyes for years. He is considered a five-tool player - an athlete who can hit for power, for average, run, throw, and field.
"Arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation," wrote Kevin Goldstein, an analyst for baseball think-tank Baseball Prospectus.
I don't think the Tigers are really seriously in the running, but Jon Heymanfloated this on Twitter today:
market slow to develop, but #tigers viewed as outside late threat for reyes. 1 competitor: "they are good poker players.''
He remains pretty low on my list of players I'd like to see Detroit get. Not because I don't think he's a fine player. I just fear the contract he'll command could put a squeeze on the team when coupled with the contracts they've already made for the upcoming years.