FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that, while nothing is imminent, the Tigers are looking to deal Edwin Jackson in an effort to shed some payroll. Jackson only made a bit over $2 million last year, but he’s arbitration eligible, and coming off a 13-9, 3.62 ERA season he’s looking at a pretty big raise.
That the team feels obligated to at least explore trading a useful pitcher still under team control for three more years because of payroll considerations has to be galling to Tigers’ fans. Especially in light of the fact that they still owe Dontrelle Willis $12 million, Jeremy Bonderman $12.5 million and Nate Robertson $10 million, and that none of them brought thing one to the table this year or are likely to next year.
Rosenthal and Morosi throw out the Dodgers as a possible suitor, but really, if the Tigers are serious, there are no shortage of teams that could use a guy like Jackson.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.