Dave Dombrowski is about to be a very popular guy

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Looking to upgrade your club this
winter, but aren’t thrilled with the available options in free agency?
Well, the cost-conscious Tigers could be baseball’s one-stop-shop.




In his latest piece for FOXSports.com, Jon Paul Morosi conjures up 10 clubs as possible fits for Detroit’s three most talked about stars
— Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera. According to
Morosi, many in the industry believe general manager Dave Dombrowski is
willing to move one or more players from the team’s core in order to
cut payroll.




Just a brief refresher, the team
would prefer to move Jackson over Granderson, according to a team
official from another club, but they are believed to be listening to
offers on both. Meanwhile, Cabrera’s availability is unclear.




The most interesting note from
Morosi’s piece is word from a National League executive who speculated
that the Tigers could net an impressive package of prospects for
Cabrera should they kick in $5 million per season to help pay his
salary. The 26-year-old Cabrera is owed $126 million over the next six
seasons.




The Tigers already have over $100
million in contract commitments for 2010, but Jeremy Bonderman,
Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Brandon Inge and possibly Magglio
Ordonez coming off the books after the season. I’m no accountant, but it appears that whatever
financial crunch they are having will likely be a temporary one. Either
way, Dombrowski figures to be one of the most popular GMs at the winter
meetings in Indianapolis next week.

Miguel Sano suspended one game for altercation with Tigers

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Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been suspended one game for his role in Saturday’s altercation with the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Sano will appeal his suspension, so he’ll be eligible to play until that is resolved.

On Saturday, Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by Twins pitcher Justin Haley. The Tigers’ Matt Boyd threw behind Sano when he came to the plate in the fifth inning, seemingly exacting revenge. Sano took exception, catcher James McCann pushed his glove into Sano’s face, and the benches emptied. Both Boyd and Sano were ejected from the game.

Sano has hit well in the early going, batting .241/.413/.569 with four home runs and 14 RBI with an MLB-best 17 walks in 75 plate appearances. Losing Sano for only one game won’t be the biggest deal for the Twins. Eduardo Escobar would get the start at third base to fill in for Sano if he loses his appeal.

Boyd was fined an undisclosed amount and not suspended, per MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

Matt Barnes suspended four games for throwing at Manny Machado

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on Sunday. Barnes was exacting revenge for Machado’s slide which injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday, and was ejected immediately after throwing the pitch at Machado.

Barnes is appealing his suspension, so he will be able to participate in games until the issue is resolved. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 3.60 ERA and an 11/6 K/BB ratio in 10 innings so far this season.

The suspension is rather light considering Barnes’ intent. Barnes missed, thankfully, as he hit Machado’s bat rather than his helmet. Had he hit his intended target, though, baseball might’ve been out one superstar third baseman. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports wrote today that Major League Baseball needs to beef up its punishment for players attempting to injure other players. And he’s totally right about that. The punishment is neither enough to deter players from attempting to injure their peers, nor is it enough for teams to deter their own players from doing so.