Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers Rotation Rumors


Yesterday was an interesting day for Detroit Tigers’ rumors because all of their starters except Justin Verlander were mentioned in various scenarios.

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First up is an article discussing how Max Scherzer coming back to Detroit would be a mistake for the team’s future with another high dollar contract on the books long-term. I can’t really argue with that logic, but if the Tigers are still harboring a win-now mentality, there is no better free agent starter on the marker currently.

Next up, is Anibal Sanchez. Last week we discussed him as a possible trade candidate if the Tigers wanted to free up some cash to sign Max, but that seems less and less likely. Since he’s sticking around he needs to stay healthy and be more consistent.

Finally, it was reported that the Tigers and Marlins were in preliminary discussions about sending either Rick Porcello or David Price to the fish, however the talks seem to be very preliminary at best.

Max Scherzer not right fit for Tigers – Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press

"These Tigers haven’t been able to win a World Series. This doesn’t mean the model that is broken and needs to be scrapped. It does mean that the model is flawed and needs to be tweaked. This team has needs, but starting pitching isn’t one of them. The Tigers can contend with a strong front four, as opposed to a dominant front five. Scherzer would help. There’s no doubt about that. But not for the cost, not for the contract and not when there are so many other glaring needs. I hope Dombrowski continues to shop this winter. I just hope he passes up the big-ticket item he tried to buy last spring."

Detroit Tigers Need Anibal Sanchez To Step Up In 2015 – Brad Faber, Rant Sports

"Although Sanchez was bitten by the injury bug in 2014, spending a couple of stints on the DL, he still showed flashes of his 2013 brilliance. From May through June, he posted a 5-0 record with a 2.44 ERA in nine starts. He also dazzled in his lone postseason appearance against the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 ALDS, tossing two scoreless innings of relief."

Marlins Asking Tigers About Availability Of Porcello, Price – Ashley Sunkak, CBS Detroit

"Price, the four-time All-Star and 2012 Cy Young winner whom the Tigers acquired at the trade deadline, struggled to pitch consistently in the second half of the 2014 season but overall worked 248 1/3 innings, more than any other American League pitcher, and led the league with 271 strikeouts.The 25-year-old Porcello enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, recording an ERA of 3.43 over 204 2/3 innings. He also threw three complete games and three shutouts, and he almost snagged an All-Star berth."