July 2007

Nothing was down to the wire

Dave Dombrowski just finished his group interview, in which he indicated no potential deal came down to the wire. That said, he indicated they had discussions with a team this morning in which he thought they might have a chance to do something until that club "completely switched directions." He didn’t identify that club, but it sounds like Pittsburgh, which apparently went from trying to unload payroll by dealing Jack Wilson to taking on payroll by acquiring Matt Morris.

One situation Dombrowski would identify is the Octavio Dotel talks, which he believed came down to Royals GM Dayton Moore knowing Kyle Davies better from his time running the Braves farm system. "We were prepared to put up a quality player, who talentwise might even be a better player."

They were told early on in the Gagne talks that they would have to make him their closer for him to accept, which basically killed those talks.

So is there any situation they feel they can pick back up, even though players have to pass through waivers? Doesn’t sound like it.

Pudge to serve suspension

He has dropped his appeal and will take his one-game sentence today. I’m not sure there’s a lesson here, other than it’s hard to beat the system. They seemed intent on having their say when Pudge filed his appeal.

The trade deadline has passed

And the word from the Tigers is there are no deals to announce.

Last time it happened

In case you were wondering (or in case you just wanted to pass the time) …

  • The last time the Tigers gave up double-digit runs in three straight games was July 3-5, 2004, which included two games at Coors Field and one at Yankee Stadium. They actually did it twice that year.
  • The last time the Tigers did it in three straight games against the same team was July 11-13, 1996, the first three games of a four-game set against the Red Sox.
  • The last time the Tigers did it in all three games of a series was May 17-19 of that season against the White Sox. It was a week and a half after they gave up double digits in three straight games at Yankee Stadium.

Thanks to baseball-reference.com and their Play Index for the info.

Rogers to DL

He has left elbow inflammation. Jordan Tata will start in his place Monday.

Miner on bereavement list

He has left the team for now to deal with an unspecified family emergency. No idea yet how long he’ll be away, but MLB rules state a player must be on the bereavement list for no less than three days but no more than seven days. Jose Capellan has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

Also, Gary Sheffield is back in the lineup at DH after taking a cortisone shot in his aching right shoulder two days ago. It’s actually his second cortisone shot there this summer, he said Friday, but he expects he should be good to go the rest of the year after this one.

Tigers call up Hessman, option Perez

The Tigers purchased the contract of 1B/3B Mike Hessman from Triple-A Toledo. He’ll serve as the backup to Sean Casey while Marcus Thames is out. Timo Perez has been optioned back to the Mud Hens.

Nats eyeing Jurrjens

The Washington Nationals had scouts watching Double-A Erie on the road Saturday night at Bowie, where Jair Jurrjens was starting for the SeaWolves. The Nats have a pair of relievers on the market who could be of interest to the Tigers depending on the price in closer Chad Cordero and big right-hander Jon Rauch. According to our MLB.com Nats reporter, GM Jim Bowden is again sticking to his prices on his most tradeable commodities. From Bill Ladson:

There have been reports linking Cordero and Rauch to the Mets, but, according to another baseball source, the chances of those players going to New York are slim. The source said that general manager Jim Bowden is asking too much for those players. The source said that Bowden is asking for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

Unlike with Alfonso Soriano, Bowden might actually have a chance to get something for his trade bait this time. If the Rangers end up holding onto Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka and trade one or more of their lefty relievers instead, the ripple effect would likely make guys like Cordero and Kansas City’s Octavio Dotel more valuable.

About that Tuesday starter

Virgil Vasquez was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday for Toledo. No injury or other reason was given for the move, but it certainly appears he might’ve been held back to start Tuesday for the Tigers. It would be a couple extra days rest instead of on turn like Tata, but Vasquez has thrown better of late, including a complete-game, five-hit shutout in his most recent outing last Tuesday.

Guillen, Granderson rest, Sheff in right

With no off day anytime soon and that long series in Chicago coming soon, Leyland is going to rest some guys. Curtis Granderson has the night off against Royals lefty Jorge De La Rosa, as does Carlos Guillen. Magglio Ordonez is getting kind of a break by DHing tonight, with Gary Sheffield in right. Craig Monroe is back in the lineup in left and batting fifth. Placido Polanco will have Sunday off.

  1. Raburn, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, RF
  4. Ordonez, DH
  5. Monroe, LF
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Casey, 1B
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Guillen, SS

Only other news is that Joel Zumaya played catch today from 120 feet and came through fine.

I see the speculation has already started on here about who will be called up to start one of the games in Tuesday’s doubleheader. Leyland isn’t announcing his decision yet, but the best guess is Jordan Tata, whose turn in the rotation would fall on Tuesday. He has been pitching relatively well down there, though he was hit around a little his last time out. Virgil Vasquez starts Sunday for Toledo, and Yorman Bazardo goes Monday.