FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that, while nothing is imminent, the Tigers are looking to deal Edwin Jackson in an effort to shed some payroll. Jackson only made a bit over $2 million last year, but he’s arbitration eligible, and coming off a 13-9, 3.62 ERA season he’s looking at a pretty big raise.
That the team feels obligated to at least explore trading a useful pitcher still under team control for three more years because of payroll considerations has to be galling to Tigers’ fans. Especially in light of the fact that they still owe Dontrelle Willis $12 million, Jeremy Bonderman $12.5 million and Nate Robertson $10 million, and that none of them brought thing one to the table this year or are likely to next year.
Rosenthal and Morosi throw out the Dodgers as a possible suitor, but really, if the Tigers are serious, there are no shortage of teams that could use a guy like Jackson.
MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.
In a statement, via Dan Hayes of The Athletic, Polanco denied knowingly using the substance. Polanco said, “To be clear, I did not intentionally consume this steroid. I now know, however, that my intention alone is not a good enough excuse and I will pay the price for my error in judgment. The substance that I requested from my athletic trainer in the Dominican Republic and consented to take was a combination of vitamin B12 and an iron supplement, something that is not unusual or illegal for professional athletes to take. Unfortunately, what I was given was not that supplement and I take full responsibility for what is in my body.”
Last year was Polanco’s first full season in the majors. He hit .256/.313/.410 with 13 home runs, 74 RBI, 60 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 544 plate appearances.
The Twins have Ehire Adrianza and Erick Aybar to handle shortstop while Polanco is out. The club could also give the starting job to prospect Nick Gordon, ranked No. 4 in the Twins’ system according to MLB Pipeline. Gordon had a solid 2017 campaign at Double-A Chattanooga, posting a .749 OPS with 29 doubles and 13 steals in 578 PA.