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Good morning baseball fans. The Tigers had the big move yesterday, trading for closer Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange, the Brewers received minor-league infielder Javier Betancourt and a player-to-be-named later.
Detroit is also being linked to a past friend, Doug Fister.
At a projected salary of $10 million, the Tigers could save $5 million on the payroll to acquire another bullpen arm, or put towards an outfielder. Chances are that Fister's contract will be laden with incentives based on innings pitched, and the ultimate incentive would be a vesting option for another season. He will not be the first choice to take a spot in the Tigers' rotation, but could make an affordable second addition.
The Braves and Diamondbacks discussed a trade involving Shelby Miller, but talks never got far. That could have been because of Atlanta's asking price.
A's starter Jesse Chavez is drawing trade interest from a number of teams.
Could Daniel Murphy find his way back on the Mets? The idea might not be that far-fetched.
The Indians are looking for outfield help, and they are exploring a number of trade options.
While Morosi doesn't list any specific players from the aforementioned teams, it's not hard to make some educated guesses. Brett Gardner has already been linked to several teams, and could slide into center field in Cleveland. As for the Dodgers, either Andre Ethier or Yasiel Puig would make sense, as both players have been brought up in trade discussions previously. However for Toronto, it's much more difficult to predict who they might offer, but Ben Revere could be an option as he's controllable for two more seasons.
Bronson Arroyo and the Reds are discussing a potential reunion.
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