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The Tigers are waiting for Yoenis Cespedes to lower his asking price


Update (6:30 PM EST): Changed some phrasing used in the title and in the body of this post.


Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is one of a handful of elite free agents remaining as the new year approaches, and the Tigers appear to be waiting for him to lower his asking price, according to Bob Nightegale of USA TODAY.

The Tigers have had a busy offseason, adding Jordan Zimmermann, Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, and Cameron Maybin. Anthony Gose would man left field if the season were to start today, so Cespedes would be a nice upgrade to complement J.D. Martinez in right and Maybin in center.

Cespedes, 30, hit .293/.323/.506 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 427 plate appearances with the Tigers before they traded him to the Mets at the trade deadline earlier this year.

Other free agent outfielders left include Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, and Dexter Fowler.

Video: Ronald Acuña Jr. second-youngest to join 30-30 club

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Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.

Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.

It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.