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Report: Tigers still willing to trade Jose Iglesias

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Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are still willing to deal shortstop Jose Iglesias. He adds that, due to the slowly developing free agent market, the Tigers may choose to hold onto him for now and reevaluate the market during spring training.

Iglesias, 28, will become a free agent after the season, so the rebuilding Tigers would like to recoup value for him while they still can. While Iglesias hasn’t offered much with the bat — he owns a career .673 OPS across parts of six seasons — he is considered by many to be among the better defensive shortstops.

There isn’t much in terms of quality on the free agent market for shortstops this offseason, but those that are available require only cash while Iglesias would cost minor league player(s), which is why the Tigers may end up waiting at least a couple more months to try to trade him. Among free agent shortstops available are Jose Reyes, J.J. Hardy, Alcides Escobar, and Eduardo Nunez.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.