Just over a week ago, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke with the Detroit News about their top prospect Jacob Turner.
“We are not looking to trade Jacob Turner,” Dombrowski said. “We love the guy. But I have received calls from clubs wondering if we would be interested in certain players because they have interest in our players. And he is a guy they ask about immediately because he is held in such high esteem.
“Do we listen to anybody?” Dombrowski asked, rhetorically. “Yes. But we are not looking to trade Jacob Turner by any means. Our philosophy remains the same.”
Fast forward a week and once again Turners’ name is once again surfacing in trade rumors. Fresh off the Cubs acquisition of starting pitcher Paul Maholm, the Garza rumors begin to circulate yet again. Last night David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the Cubs and Tigers are “down the road” in talks about a deal that would sent Matt Garza to Detroit for a package of prospects.
Kaplan later commented,
When I say “down the road” on trade talks with the Tigers for Garza I mean that talks have progressed far beyond the initial stages.
Much of Tigers Nation remains divided on whether or not Turner should be shipped out. Personally, I have no issues with the trade so long as third-baseman Nick Castellanos stays put in Detroit. The addition of Garza would move guys like Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello down to the four and five slots of the rotation, giving the Tigers one of the best rotations in the American League.
In quasi-related news, The Tigers were also linked to Cubs free agent reliever Kerry Wood yesterday. The back-end of the Tigers ‘pen is already pretty solid with Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel. With Al Alburquerque sidelined until later this summer and teams apparently interested in reliever David Pauley, I can’t help but smile at the thought of adding Kerry Wood to the mix. The 34-year-old reliever expects to make his decision by Friday.