The Detroit Tigers aren't nearly as interested in trading for Matt Garza as EVERYONE ELSE would have you believe, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Nightengale suggests that they're unwilling to part with the prospects required to leverage Garza out of Chicago.
In other notes, we have Yoenis Cespedes declaring the teams most interested in him, which includes the Tigers. Jason Beck says the team will (and should) wait it out to see what happens. Don't miss the latest on Detroit's top prospects or news on Magglio Ordonez, who sounds like he's getting ready to play in 2012:
- Twitter / @BNightengale - "Detroit #Tigers say their interest in Garza is grossly exaggerated, won't part with prized prospects"
Cespedes: "Hay seis equipos que mas intereses tienen en mi. Marlins, Cubs, WhiteSox, Orioles,... - MLB Daily Dish
If you didn't take 5 years of Spanish in school and then another 3 semesters in college just to barely be able to find a bano para su madre, he's saying there are 6 teams interested in him: Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and the Cleveland Indians.
- Yoenis Cespedes lays out his market - Jason Beck
"Marlins president David Samson told a Miami radio station that his team would be "aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there." Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, meanwhile, has kept his comments limited almost to the point of silence on Cespedes. Essentially, they mean the same thing."
- Like other teams, Detroit Tigers waiting on Yoenis Cespedes - tigers.com: News
"The timing presents a unique timetable for any team, but especially the Tigers, the one team in the aforementioned mix that's coming off a trip to the playoffs. Not too long ago, Detroit built an American League champion on the strength of late offseason signings, signing Ivan Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez in successive Februarys. But those signings came with much less competition. The Marlins, for all their additions this offseason, have made it clear they're targeting him to provide a Cuban talent to the South Florida market."
- At this point, Tigers GM Dombrowski should wait to make more moves - MLive.com
"As the roster currently stands, the Tigers don't look good enough to get past the other playoff contenders in the American League. Dombrowski surely knows that. But he also doesn't quite know what he has right now. How will the platoons at second and third base work out? Will Delmon Young continue his late-2011 surge over a full season? Can Brennan Boesch stay healthy? Will one of Detroit's fifth starter candidates emerge as a viable contributor? "
Turner, Castellanos top Tigers prospects list - Lynn Henning | detroitnews.com
"Turner, the 20-year-old right-handed starter, is widely acknowledged to be the Tigers' No. 1 minor-league star. Castellanos, 20, is a third baseman with hitting skills that have placed him safely at the front of Tigers position prospects."
Magglio Ordoñez progressing well, intends to play - Jon Paul Morosi
"Ordoñez appeared in 92 games for the Tigers last year but hit for little power, posting a .255/.303/.331 line with five home runs. However, by taking a more deliberate pace with his rehabilitation from this surgery, Ordoñez may be able to hit for average in 2012, as he did over the final 22 games last season (.354)."