Tigers rumors: Brennan Boesch could be traded

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch doesn't have a clear role with his current team, making him a candidate to be traded this spring.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch doesn't have a clear role with his current team, making him a candidate to be traded this spring. However, the veteran's oblique injury has hampered him from boosting his value, according to John Lowe of The Detroit Free Press.

Boesch suffered his oblique injury during batting practice nearly two weeks ago. It remains unclear how long he'll be sidelined due to the ailment, as obliques tend to linger and be aggravated if players attempt to return too early.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has already made it clear that he's not going to send Boesch down to minors to start the season. This would mean that the outfielder will make the club, be traded or released.

If Boesch fails to recover from his oblique injury before the start of the season, he could also begin the year on the Tigers' disabled list.

Boesch started 115 games in right field for the Tigers last season. However, he only managed an OPS of .659, prompting Detroit to sign free agent right fielder Torii Hunter. Now, Boesch is likely competing for a bench role with the club.

Boesch debuted for the Tigers in 2010 and has been a regular in the outfield for the past three seasons. After hitting .283/.341/.458 with 25 doubles and 16 home runs in 2011, the 27-year-old only mustered a batting line of .240/.286/.372 last season. He owns a career line of .259/.315/.414.

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