The Tigers are interested in Martin Prado


Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers are interested in Martin Prado.

That’s fine as far as it goes. The Braves seem intent on dealing him. The Tigers second base situation is pretty poor and they could use a leadoff guy, which Prado could do.  Nice fit. That is, until I got to the part where Morosi says that Tigers would consider trading Delmon Young for him.

Which is less than fair. Young has some power, but he is seriously on-base challenged and plays poor defense.  Which of course makes him a total Braves candidate because they just seem to like those kinds of dudes.   One would hope that Atlanta would ask for more than just Delmon Young, but I could totally feature a straight up trade.


A’s sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.