The Brewers, Mets, Reds and Cardinals have also been involved in negotiations for veteran reliever Octavio Dotel at this week’s Winter Meetings, but it sounds like Detroit might come out on top.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers are currently considered the “front-runner” for Dotel, who is expected to decide on a team soon.
Dotel registered a solid 3.50 ERA in 54 regular-season innings between the Blue Jays and Cardinals this past season before catching fire in the playoffs and helping St. Louis to a World Series title. The 38-year-old still has a hard fastball and is capable of dominating right-handed hitters with his slider and curve.
UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers have made an “aggressive” offer to Dotel.
UPDATE II: Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it’s down to the Tigers and Cardinals.
UPDATE III: According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the Tigers are now “closing in” on a deal.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.