Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley?
Those are two players SI.com’s Jon Heyman hears the Tigers wanted from the Mariners during their trade discussions for Edwin Jackson, a desire which the Mariners apparently didn’t like.
The Tigers aren’t talking on their trade discussions, but given their history and the fact that the Tigers are looking for young pitching and young players, such a package has logic. Morrow went one pick ahead of Andrew Miller in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and the Tigers were believed to have interest if he fell. As it was, they didn’t decide on Miller until the last minute. With the power fastball, he fits the profile of the Tigers’ ideal pitching target, someone with good stuff who needs work after a disappointing season. He also won’t hit arbitration until next winter.
Kelley has closing experience in the minors and had a better second half in his rookie season than his first half. Detroit has no shortage of relief prospects, but Kelley is ready now.