Detroit Tigers: Yoenis Cespedes contract clause, Steven Moya to start, Returning Starters


Remember when the Detroit Tigers traded left fielder Yoenis Cespedes in order to open up the opportunity for him to come back?

In a very weird circumstance, Cespedes had a clause in his contract that prevented his current team from negotiating with him for more than five days after the World Series. The key word in that sentence, however, is “had” because Cespedes and his new team, the New York Mets, eliminated that clause from his contract on Tuesday.

Therefore, the Mets can negotiate with Cespedes like every other team can this coming offseason, and the likelihood the Cuban returns to the Motor City seems to be dwindling by the day.

The Tigers, though, did call up minor league outfielder Steven Moya on Tuesday, who is one of the leading candidates to be Detroit’s next every day left fielder. Moya has been playing left field at Triple-A Toledo the last few weeks since the Cespedes trade.

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Moya hit .240 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI and a .703 OPS at Triple-A this season although he did strikeout 162 times as well. Brad Ausmus said Moya will get a handful of starts down the stretch.

Despite no chance at a playoff chance, it appears Tigers starting pitchers Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez will attempt to come back and pitch in 2015. Both pitchers could throw a simulated game this weekend in Cleveland.

Mets clear hurdle in effort to re-sign Cespedes – Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press

"One silver lining to the Detroit Tigers trading Yoenis Cespedes at the July 31 trade deadline was the opportunity to negotiate a contract with him this off-season that they otherwise wouldn’t have had, thanks to a clause in his current deal.Cespedes’ new team, the New York Mets, took care of that.The Mets and Cespedes’ representatives, according to the New York Post, have changed the clause in his current deal that allows the Mets just five days after the World Series to sign him to a long-term deal.Now the Mets can negotiate with Cespedes just like any other MLB team this off-season."

Brad Ausmus says outfielder Steven Moya will get ‘handful’ of starts for Detroit Tigers – Chris Iott,

"Steven Moya will get some playing time. But he will not be a regular.Moya will be in the starting lineup here and there and will be used as a pinch hitter off the bench, but he will not get the bulk of the playing time in left field for the Detroit Tigers.“He’ll get a handful of starts,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “I wouldn’t say he’s going to be in there every day.”"

Norris, Sanchez could pitch sim games in Cleveland – Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News

"Sanchez (right rotator cuff strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and will get the go-ahead to throw Saturday along with Norris in Cleveland, possibly alternating innings in the simulated game.The Tigers would like to get both pitchers at least one more start before the regular season ends in October."

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