Reports: Tigers interested in Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang

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The Tigers are hunting for starting pitching as aggressively as any team in baseball, and they’re looking at Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego’s Aaron Harang as fallback options if Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda prove out of reach.

Detroit is in need of a starter after shifting Phil Coke back to the pen.  Charlie Furbush replaced him in the rotation, but he’s struggled mightily in his two starts to date.

FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi has the Guthrie news, putting him third on the Tigers’ list of potential pitching acquisitions.  Morosi says the Orioles recently had a scout watching Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate.  Guthrie is 3-13 with a 4.45 ERA this season.

SI.com’s Jon Heyman says both the Tigers and Indians have made calls on Harang, who has pitched 13 scoreless innings in two starts since coming off the DL.  He’s 7-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 starts for the Padres.

The Tigers are currently a half-game back of the Indians in the AL Central.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.