It wasn’t exactly the best time for a guy to make plans for the future, so it’s probably understandable that when asked last night, Jim Leyland wouldn’t say that he’d be back in Detroit in 2013:
“I don’t really know that,” Leyland said. “We’re going to talk about some things in a day or so and I’m sure they’ll have some type of an announcement. But tonight’s not the night for that.”
Leyland has said that he’s not going to manage another team and Dave Dombrowski said that if Leyland wants to come back next year, he’s more than welcome to do so.
Based on how my Tiger fan friends are feeling today, it’s not surprising that the last thing Leyland wants to think about is more Tiger baseball at this point.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.