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Detroit Tigers links: Big names available but little offseason movement

The Hot Stove has been decidedly far.

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For those of us who obsess over the potential moves in the off season, the first week and a half have been a disappointment. There has been little movement of players, and, in a stunning turn of events, people are actually accepting qualifying offers! I would echo this sentiment, but insert Tigers general manager Al Avila.

That said, it's possible that the offseason could escalate pretty soon. Kurt provides a good summary of which Tigers could move, and with Avila graduating from the school of Dombrowski blockbusters, I would put this at a decent probability.

Other surprising names have begun to pop up as trade possibilities. Brett Gardner, considered an important player for the Yankees, has been mentioned as a moving candidate. Jerry Dipoto has coveted Gardner from his time with the Diamondbacks.

There was also a tweet that Jose Fernandez might be shopped although it was later refuted by a Joe Frisaro article. Two things: first, it's good to know that I'm only 3,000 twitter followers away from being able to start rumors. Second: the reason this gained some traction is no one would doubt this from Marlins president David Samson. Seems like something he would do. But who am I to talk, I'm just a guy behind a keyboard writing fan fiction about Wayne Gretzkey and Kid Rock. Although, that probably makes me more qualified than Samson.

Aroldis Chapman has long been discussed as a trade candidate as well but add American hero and long ball expert Todd Frazier to the mix. That has to be a bit depressing for the Cincy faithful but the Reds are going into full rebuilding mode.

All these possibilities don't even include the big free agents, which have yet to make their selections. Let's hope some of these come to fruition in the next couple weeks to fill the off season void. Otherwise we are just going to have pass the time marveling at Andre Drummond.

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