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.”