Detroit Tigers Links: Greene starts, Moya plate discipline, Scherzer still possibility


The Detroit Tigers made their first significant trade of the off-season when they picked up Shane Greene for Robbie Ray and a minor league infielder.

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We’re all still waiting for bullpen help to arrive, but don’t count on Greene going to the pen in 2015, our first link discusses how Dave Dombrowki envisions the former New York Yankees rookie as a starter.

So what does that mean for Max Scherzer? Did the Tigers immediately slam the door on him being resigned by the team with the Greene addition. No, not really, not yet. Tony Paul explains.

Our middle article looks at the evolution of the Tigers’ top prospect, Steven Moya. While he had a great year at AA and in the Arizona Fall League, hitting for a lot of power, he also struck out more than 100 times. This is to be expected with a power hitter, but the fears are the strikeouts will increase and the power will decrease if the young player gets a shot at the majors in 2015. So he’s working on changing that.

Tigers GM Dombrowski: Shane Greene set to start in 2015 – Marty Gitlin, CBS Sports

"Newly acquired right-hander Shane Greene has already been penciled intothe Tigers starting rotation. General manager Dave Dombrowki made that pronouncement on Friday, per the Detroit Free Press."

Steven Moya working on plate discipline to stay in majors – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"Moya had 161 strikeouts and 23 walks at Erie. In the AFL, he had 29 K’s and six walks.“I think I got better in the strike zone,” Moya said. “It’s those details, the little details you have to work on. Me, especially, it’s just recognizing better the strike zone. I could get better on that.”That lack of plate discipline seems to be the only thing keeping Moya’s raw power out of big league ballparks."

Tigers won’t close the door on Max Scherzer — yet – Tony Paul, Detroit News

"The Tigers last spring made Scherzer a six-year, $144 million offer — and it was an offer Dombrowski expected Scherzer would take. When Scherzer didn’t, it marked the most lucrative deal Dombrowski has personally seen turned down.Is that offer still on the table? When asked Friday, Dombrowski said he wouldn’t get into anything involving negotiations.That said, he did say there’s been no new dialogue recently between the Tigers and Boras, who almost always gets the money he’s commanding. In this case, it’s believed Scherzer, 30, wants something around $180 million, but if Lester only gets, say, $140 million, that could dampen Scherzer’s outlook."