July 25th, 2009

Leyland: Glaus isn't on Tigers radar

Jim Leyland dismissed speculation about any
interest in Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus, who is expected to hit
the trade block once he’s ready to return from his Minor League rehab
stint with Matt Holliday.

“With all due respect to Troy Glaus,
his name has never been mentioned here, to my knowledge,” Leyland said
Saturday afternoon. “Hopefully we can nip that right in the bud.”

The
Tigers are believed to be looking outside the usual outfield/DH types
in their search for their bat, but it would be easier for them to slot
in a corner outfield and allow Carlos Guillen to spend at least some
time at DH, even after his shoulder allows him to play the outfield
again.

Foxsports.com reported late Friday night that at least
four teams, including the Tigers, were expected to have a scout watch
Glaus this weekend during his rehab assignment for Double-A Springfield. Problem is, according to the report, he can’t throw further than 90 feet, which essentially would make him a full-time DH.

“We’re
not above making a trade, believe me,” Leyland said. “But it’s just
when it’s probably something like that, it’s a little more toward the
ridiculous side than the realistic side.”

Tigers aren't looking at Bradley

The Cubs might like to find a new home for Milton Bradley, but it won’t be Detroit.

The
rumor of Tigers interest in the gifted but much-maligned outfielder
began with a Twitter from White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone, then
picked up steam quickly with a report from a Chicago web site.

That
was news to the Tigers. A source with knowledge of the team’s plans
said Bradley’s name hasn’t come up in organizational discussions all
year. For a team that has been searching far and wide for offensive
help, that speaks volumes.

The reasons are numerous. Though
the Tigers lost out on Matt Holliday, there remain several outfield/DH
types on the market with better numbers and contracts than Bradley, who
entered Saturday batting .242 with six home runs and 22 RBIs and is
under contract through 2011 with $21 million over the next two years.
Even with money kicked in, it would still be a big commitment for a
player who would probably be a full-time DH again in the American
League.

While manager Jim Leyland has a reputation for working
well with players who have been labeled as difficult, he does not like
issues that distract from the team. And Bradley, justifiably or not,
would have the potential to be a major distraction.

Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

While Ryan Raburn is 8-for-20 lifetime against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, Marcus Thames is 1-for-7. Thus, Raburn gets the start in left field, batting sixth behind Carlos Guillen. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup for the Tigers. Interestingly, Ramon Santiago is 3-for-10 off Floyd, but two of those hits are homers.

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thomas, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Jackson

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Jermaine Dye, RF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Paul Konerko, 1B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Chris Getz, 2B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 3B

P: Gavin Floyd

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