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November 15, 2013

Rumor Roundup

AL Rotation Rumblings

by Daniel Rathman


Tigers Open to Shuffling Rotation
Our fantasy writers pined throughout the 2013 season for Drew Smyly to find his way into the Tigers’ starting five. If general manager Dave Dombrowski is to be believed, they will get their wish next year.

The question, per FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, is not whether Smyly will enter the rotation, but whom he will replace. First-year manager Brad Ausmus already has Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, Doug Fister, and Rick Porcello at his disposal. That group of right-handers was both effective and remarkably durable last season, keeping the left-handed Smyly in the bullpen, out of which he made 63 appearances and racked up an 81-to-17 K:BB ratio over 76 innings. On the six occasions when the Tigers needed a sixth starter, they turned to Triple-A call-up Jose Alvarez.

Assuming that Ausmus is not going to employ a six-man rotation, someone will have to go to make room for the 24-year-old Arkansas product, whom Kevin Goldstein pegged two years ago as a future fourth starter. To wit:

  • CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported on Monday that either Scherzer—the American League Cy Young Award winner—or Porcello is on the block.
  • The next day, Morosi tweeted that Dombrowski is also shopping Fister at the GM Meetings in Orlando.

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