Two reasons for Tigers fans to be happy

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They come in form of tweets:

 

I can already feel the anxiety level of Tigers fans receding.

Lott further reports that the Tigers are going to make every effort to keep Anibal Sanchez and that while they have not closed the door on Gerald Laird as their backup catcher, GM Dave Dombrowski anticipates that he’ll want more money and playing time than the Tigers can offer and that he should shop around.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.