Tigers still looking at lefties, talk on Mahay
Tigers people were out working the lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Monday morning. That’s a normal thing for them at the start of the Winter Meetings as they try to gauge teams and see where there might be fits.
For now, the buzz is still the Jayson Werth deal and how it might affect the rest of these meetings, especially the top of the outfield market. The Tigers obviously fit into that, but they’re still keeping their eyes on other things, too, including lefty relief. They had some discussion on longtime lefty specialist Ron Mahay, currently a free agent, but nothing seems to have progressed just yet. There’s an impression that lefty relief isn’t a pressing priority at this point.
Mahay turns 40 years old next year. He went 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA for the Twins last year, allowing 33 hits over 34 innings with 25 strikeouts. Left-handed hitters batted just .219 against him: 14-for-64 with 12 strikeouts.
Don’t expect them to make a run at Scott Downs. Though the Tigers love what Downs brings to the job, they don’t want to give another high-round pick as compensation for the Type A free agent. That’s the same problem many teams are facing when it comes to him.