In Detroit, Rick Porcello became eligible for arbitration today after opting out of the final year of his contract, the Tigers made several minor league moves, and the team is doing what it can to tamp down Jacob Turner rumors:
Tigers' Rick Porcello opts out of contract, becomes eligible for arbitration | MLive.com
"Despite signing a record-setting major league contract that included a $1.34 million club option for 2012, Porcello has exercised his right to opt out of the final year of the contract he signed with the Tigers in 2007, Tigers officials confirmed. He is now eligible for four years of arbitration and will remain under team control through 2015."
Rick Porcello opts for Arbitration - Bless You Boys
"Being eligible for arbitration is, of course, good news for Porcello. But the good news for the Tigers is that their young pitcher will not accrue six years of service time until after the 2015 season, meaning that he will be under "club control" for four more seasons. Had he not been sent down to the minors twice briefly during his time with the Tigers, he would have been eligible for free agency a year sooner.."
Tigers Have Been Busy with Minor Moves - Bless You Boys
"While the Tigers' 2011- 2012 off season has been quiet, if not downright boring up to this point, the organization has made some significant moves involving some of the most touted and most skilled players in the Tigers' minor league system."
AL Central Minor League Signings: Patterson, Pearce, Smith - MLB Daily Dish
"Lastly, the Detroit Tigers signed outfielder/second baseman Eric Patterson, reports Matt Eddy. As Eddy notes, Patterson joins his fifth organization in five years. After being acquired by the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez trade, the 28-year-old was released a year later."
Detroit Tigers Not Shopping Jacob Turner - MLB Daily Dish
"Teams will continue to call about Jacob Turner, but it looks like the Tigers won't be making a move for someone like Matt Garza, who would only be under team control for two years before hitting free agency. Perhaps if a young, cheap pitcher like a Gio Gonzalez hits the trading block, the Tigers will pursue that."