Tigers willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner

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Detroit is serious about making a big addition.

From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Tigers have “made it known to other teams” that they are willing to trade top pitching prospect Jacob Tuner this offseason “in a deal for the right pitcher.”

Turner, a 20-year-old right-hander, was the ninth overall selection in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and has posted impressive numbers at every level of the Tigers’ farm system. In 2010, he had a 3.28 ERA and 102/23 K/BB ratio in 115 1/3 innings between Low-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland. Then in 2011, he registered a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 110/35 K/BB ratio in 131 innings between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers were in talks with the A’s for Gio Gonzalez before the left-hander was traded to the Nationals, and have now been linked to Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. They should also have some other options.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.