October 26th, 2009

Tigers confirm interest in Cuban defector Chapman

Jason Beck / MLB.com

Add the Tigers to the meeting list for Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman as he talks with Major League teams.

Tom Moore, the team’s director of international operations, confirmed a published report that the team has shown interest in meeting with the highly-regarded left-hander and his representatives in the next couple weeks.

The interest was first reported by SI.com. The report lists the Tigers among nine teams to have shown some level of interest in Chapman, joining the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, White Sox, Cubs, Mets, A’s and Cardinals.

That doesn’t mean the Tigers are going to get into a bidding war. At this point, the Tigers don’t go in with financial expectations. But with Chapman and his representatives meeting with clubs and allowing teams to get to know the highly-touted hurler, the Tigers will take the opportunity and talk.

“We’re basically just at the interest level,” Moore cautioned. “Because of the nature, I think it’s a situation where they’re going to take the time to allow clubs to spend some time with the player and see who he is.”

Sizemore visits team doctor

Tigers 2B prospect Scott Sizemore visited a team doctor for a follow-up exam on the left ankle he fractured last Thursday in the Arizona Fall League. Should be hearing something out of that on Tuesday.

UPDATE @ 8pm: Sizemore is expected to require surgery, though the team has no comment. Detroit Free Press reports quotes Sizemore saying it’ll be Tuesday. Nothing firm on timetable, though Sizemore told the Freep he hopes to be ready for spring training.

So far, Porcello getting no ROY credit

Still a few weeks to go until the Rookie of the Year award from baseball writers. However, various other publications have come out with their own choices, and Rick Porcello isn’t winning any of them. White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham won AL honors from The Sporting News, while Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen won Baseball America’s Major League Rookie of the Year award. Porcello didn’t even make the list of three AL finalists for the Players Choice award as voted on by players; Beckham, Jeff Niemann and Elvis Andrus beat him out there.

To be fair, a lot of the credit given to Porcello this year was more about what he showed for his age, rather than what he has done as a rookie. But without Porcello, the Tigers wouldn’t have led the AL Central for as long as they did, and they almost certainly would’ve been in trouble in the division tiebreaker game a few weeks ago. Porcello’s performance in that game may or may not bolstered his award hopes, depending on how many writers waited until then to vote. Ballots were due when the postseason began, which technically wasn’t until the next day.