Tigers look to move Guillen, acquire Pierre

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The Tigers would “love” to come up with a three-team trade that would result in them surrendering Carlos Guillen and landing Juan Pierre, says FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.
Now, we’re still rather skeptical about Morosi as a national guy, but he did work for the Detroit Free Press before joining FOX. He should know about as well as anyone what the Tigers are thinking.
And if this is what they’re thinking, perhaps something could be worked out. Guillen is due $26 million over the next two years, while Pierre will make $18.5 million. So, again, the Tigers are being motivated by finances here.
But Guillen has gone from being an extremely valuable shortstop to a question mark in left field during his Tigers tenure. His OPS has dropped sharply three years running:
2006 – 920 (153 games)
2007 – 859 (151 games)
2008 – 811 (113 games)
2009 – 757 (81 games)
Guillen has a chance to be an above average left fielder for the duration of his contract, and the Tigers do have need of one of those. However, Pierre is cheaper and he’d fill the center field and leadoff slots while the team waits for Austin Jackson.
To make a deal work, the Tigers would have to find a team willing to accept Guillen in return for an overpaid pitcher. Seattle’s Carlos Silva would make a ton of sense, given that the Mariners have plenty of use for a right-handed hitter capable of playing first base and left field, but he’s due $22.5 million over the next two years — $4 million more than Pierre — and the Dodgers should have very little interest in him. The Mets’ Oliver Perez could work. He’s due $24 million through 2011. Derek Lowe’s contract fits, but the Dodgers have no interest in bringing him back.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.