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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have picked up free agent left-hander Martín Pérez on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced, but it looks like a club option is included for the 2020 season. The Twins have not officially confirmed the signing.
Pérez, 27, missed 85 days of the Rangers’ 2018 campaign after undergoing elbow surgery on his non-throwing arm. He sustained the injury partway through the 2017 offseason; as the story goes, he was charged by a bull at his ranch in Venezuela and fell on his right arm as he was trying to get out of the animal’s path. (He later killed and ate said bull.) When he finally returned to the mound, he cobbled together a 2-7 record in 15 starts with a 6.22 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 5.5 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR through 85 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.
As they approach the start of the 2019 season, the Twins will be looking for something a little more, well, bullish from Pérez. Prior to his injury, he turned in two solid seasons with the Rangers in 2016 and 2017, nearing the 200-inning threshold in both campaigns and providing a combined value of 4.2 fWAR at a time when Texas’ starters collectively ranked sixth-worst in the league.