Detroit shows interest in Crosby

Could there be a Crosby sighting in Detroit? No, not that Crosby; this is baseball, after all.

The player in question is Bobby Crosby, the former A’s shortstop who could emerge as an alternative to Adam Everett if the Tigers need one. An industry source confirmed that the Tigers have had discussions on Crosby, including talks with his agent, Paul Cohen. Interest appears to be mutual.

Like Everett a year ago, Crosby is hitting free agency coming off an injury-shortened season in which he did not end the year as a starting shortstop. Cohen told Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports earlier this week that landing in the right spot could jump-start things for the former American League Rookie of the Year, who has his 30th birthday coming up next month.

Cohen told Yahoo that about a half-dozen teams were showing interest in Crosby. That was before the Red Sox reached an agreement with Marco Scutaro to take over at shortstop.

Various published reports have linked interest in Crosby to the Rangers, Rockies and Pirates.

It’s believed that at least three clubs interested in Crosby have potential openings at shortstop. The Tigers would be one, having used Everett along with Ramon Santiago this past season. Others would be interested in him as a utility infielder.

Crosby played in 97 games for the A’s this past season, but made just two starts at shortstop behind Orlando Cabrera and Cliff Pennington. With just 272 plate appearances, Crosby batted .223 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 29 RBIs. He played a full season at short in Oakland in 2008, compiling a .972 fielding percentage with 17 errors in 144 starts while turning 99 double plays.

Crosby batted .237 that year with a career-high 39 doubles to go with seven homers, 61 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

The Tigers maintain interest in Everett, but news has been slow on that front. The Red Sox reportedly had been in touch with Everett’s agent, but again, that was before they reached agreement with Scutaro.

Whether it’s Everett, Crosby or someone else, via free agency or trade, the Tigers have to add a shortstop this offseason. Their current roster includes Santiago and prospects Brent Dlugach and Audy Ciriaco. Tigers officials have not viewed Santiago as an everyday player, and for now, they haven’t looked at Dlugach as ready quite yet.

Moreover, adding another shortstop would allow the Tigers to use Santiago as protection at second base if prospect Scott Sizemore has a setback from his ankle injury or otherwise struggles in the spring.

8 Comments

I think you nailed my PROBLEM here on the head:
“Whether it’s Everett, Crosby or someone else, via free agency or trade, the Tigers have to add a shortstop this offseason. Their current roster includes Santiago and prospects Brent Dlugach and Audy Ciriaco. Tigers officials have not viewed Santiago as an everyday player, and for now, they haven’t looked at Dlugach as ready quite yet.”

So why isn’t santiago an everyday player? I mean, his defense will be MUCH more than sizemore, and he batted ~.245 i think on the season. Christ, i’d rather let santigo play everday and keep on of those bull pen guys too…..

This is starting to stink. Something smells bad with all this talk of cheap players and now Dombrowski is even talking about Verlander.

I’d rather have Everett anyday. And PUP where did you here about Dombrowski talking about trading Verlander??? Please say it ain’t so?

He didn’t talk about trading him, but many news sources are talking about the possibility of Miggy being traded and how the consequences of all the trades being proposed might effect Verlander. Maybe it’s all just getting on my nerves. For cripes sakes, I want a winning team.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/10476090/Sources:-Tigers-not-likely-to-trade-Cabrera-next-week

The Verlander talk isn’t about trading him. It’s about how any trades will affect his desire to sign a new contract here, something I referenced in the inbox before Thanksgiving. Verlander is highly competitive, and like the Twins with Joe Mauer, the Tigers have to make sure Verlander feels he has a chance to win. If the Tigers make trades that point towards rebuilding and take this team out of contention for a few years, Verlander might have something to think about.

On Santiago, the belief in the organization since at least 2007 is that he wears down if he plays every day. I’m not saying it’s true; I actually think Santiago is stronger than he gets credit. But his numbers the last couple years haven’t helped his case — hot start, followed by a pullback.

Thank you, Jason. I know he (DD) didn’t directly talk about trading Justin, but like you said, how willing will he be to stay in Detroit as competitive as he is. I had the feeling in ’08 he really wasn’t happy in Detroit, but that may be just my imagination. You know he’s a big game, big time “ace” who wants to be on a winning team. It just kills me to see all these awful contracts we’re saddled with. I read something the other day from a Detroit fan saying just because Detroit (economically) is poor doesn’t mean we want lousy teams. Of course, they didn’t think Infante could play every day either, but he’s done pretty well since he’s left Detroit. Santiago seems to come back every spring bigger and stronger. I’m just hoping and praying JL and DD don’t go down that same path they did in Florida.

It’s almost impossible to downgrade the team at shortstop, but Dombrowski is working on it!
The Tigers need a speedy lead off hitter with a solid glove to play shortstop. If the money that they didn’t give Polanco was needed to sign a Marco Scutaro, or put towards a Chone Figgins, then it might make some sense, but DD has the team’s payroll in such a financial bind, that they can’t even make the basic moves necessary to plug the obvious holes on the roster. He needs to be fired!

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