Are the Detroit Tigers Having a Fire Sale?
Other than handing out anti-climactic awards, there is not much to talk about with the baseball season over.
The Detroit Tigers, however, are providing plenty of fodder for the rumor will with news that just about everyone on their roster is available. News broke early in the offseason that the Tigers would listen to offers for center fielder Curtis Granderson, a fan favorite and staple in the Detroit community, as well as starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, who was an All-Star this year.
The team is saddled with bad contracts for Nate Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman, Carlos Guillen, Dontrelle Willis, Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge, pushing their payroll over $100 million while playing in a city experiencing the worst of the economic decline. Attendance was down this season despite the fact that the Tigers were in first place most of the year.
Now comes news that the team will also listen to offers for 26-year-old MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera, who is one of the best hitters in baseball, but also signed an eight-year, $153 million contract that the team may not be able to afford.
The Boston Red Sox, who are trying to one-up the Yankees after their World Series win, have been looking for a power-hitting first basemen this offseason, talking to the Padres about Adrian Gonzalez. They also have young prospects who might be able to entice the Tigers into making a deal.