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March 17, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Drew to Detroit?

by Daniel Rathman


Could the Tigers and Stephen Drew rescue each other?
News surfaced over the past couple of days that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias could spend most of the 2014 season on the shelf with long-term injuries to both of his shins. Detroit’s only internal replacement is Hernan Perez, who turns 23 on March 26 and did little at the plate in a 71-plate-appearance sample last year.

Not surprisingly, speculation immediately turned to Stephen Drew, who reportedly regrets turning down a qualifying offer from the Red Sox last fall and appears unlikely to garner a new offer from Boston, which has top prospect Xander Bogaerts ready to fill his shoes. ESPN’s Jim Bowden made the connection while delivering the bad news on Iglesias’ injury. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that agent Scott Boras represents both Iglesias and Drew and has a history of coaxing general manager Dave Dombrowski and owner Mike Ilitch into late-spring outlays for seemingly desperate free agents.

Whether the Tigers are an ideal fit for Drew, though, remains unclear. The 31-year-old is coming off his best season since 2010 and has been hoping to cash in on it with the first multi-year commitment of his big-league career. Meanwhile, the Tigers are content with the 24-year-old Iglesias, a defensive wizard, as their shortstop of the present and future, as long as he gets and stays healthy. As MLB.com’s Phil Rogers pointed out, Dombrowski needs a stopgap, but Drew wants to be much more than that.

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kcboomer

Oh, pshaw. To say "the Royals reinforced their rotation this offseason by adding Jason Vargas ...." is absurd. "Undermined their rotation" would be a better choice of words.

Mar 17, 2014 10:19 AM
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CalledStrike3

Ironically I saw Duffy twirl a 3 hitngemnover 7 IP in Omaha lasr summer - with 9 Ks.
Ideally would be beneficial to KC if they both push their way into the rotation and provide a VORP between 15 and 25.

Mar 18, 2014 00:56 AM
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Dodger300

Last June 21, I watched Albuquerque shell Ventura in Omaha.

He gave up 8 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) in five innings, along with 3 walks and only 2 strikeouts.

He looked awful. I gave up all hope that he would become the savior the Royals have been waiting for.

Did I just happen to catch Ventura on a bad day? Or should I believe my lying eyes?

Here's the box:

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=t541&gid=2013_06_21_albaaa_omaaaa_1&cid=541&t=g_box

Mar 17, 2014 20:40 PM
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DetroitDale

The pizza money has dried up, so there won't be any big money deal (1 year or otherwise) to Drew. The latest rumor has the Tigers asking about Chris Owings from Arizona, but it doesn't look like the Tigers don't have what Arizona wants, as the prospects have dried up too. Locals are asking what they do with Owings when Iggy is healthy, but the answer should be obvious, put him at second and trade Kinsler for prospects so they can use his money to sign Scherzer (or his replacement). Welcome to the new, fiscally responsible Detroit Tigers.

Mar 18, 2014 06:06 AM
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