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Yes, there's still free agency for Tigers

While trade rumors build around the Tigers regarding players they control, their interest in their own free agents hasn’t gone away, at least not for most of them.

The Tigers have had contact with the agents for relievers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon, second baseman Placido Polanco and shortstop Adam Everett, but those discussions were believed to be preliminary ahead of follow-up talks later.

Meanwhile, president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed to Booth Newspapers that they will not be pursuing free agents Jarrod Washburn and Aubrey Huff, both late-season trade acquisitions for the Tigers this past summer who struggled down the stretch.

Neither was expected to be a Tigers target. Washburn had told reporters last week that he hadn’t heard from the Tigers other than to check on his knee after surgery.

“We called both Jarrod and Aubrey this week and told them we will not be pursuing them,” Dombrowski told Booth Newspapers. “We wished them well.”

Dombrowski said the team had not made such calls to its other four free agents.

The Tigers acquired Washburn from Seattle at the nonwaiver trade deadline July 31, but knee problems hampered him in August and September until the Tigers shut him down for the final couple weeks. He posted a 1-3 record and 7.33 ERA in eight Tigers starts, compared with an 8-6 record and 2.64 ERA in 20 starts for the Mariners.

Huff batted .189 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 40 games for the Tigers after coming over from Baltimore in a mid-August trade. Detroit’s plans to rotate players between designated hitter and the outfield, including Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, essentially sealed Huff’s departure.

The Tigers hold exclusive negotiating rights on their free agents for seven more days. Other teams can talk to them now, and all four have drawn interest, but those teams can’t make contract offers or talk contract terms until next Friday.

By then, the Tigers should have a better idea about any trade talks, where they may lead, and what holes any deals could fill.

All four are expected to seek multi-year contracts, according to industry sources, but that’s no surprise. The Tigers didn’t sign any free agent or arbitration-eligible player to a multi-year contract last year, and aside from possibly Justin Verlander, it remains to be seen whether they would do so now.

Prospect Scott Sizemore has been deemed ready for the big leagues, while relievers Cody Satterwhite and Robbie Weinhardt could conceivably be ready within a year. Shortstop is a different situation, and barring a trade acquisition, there’s expected to be mutual interest for Everett to return.

Five Tigers file for free agency

As the veteran Tigers scribe Jim Hawkins likes to say, no sense waiting (yes, I recycled that line from my Twitter account, @beckjason). Five Tigers — Adam Everett, Aubrey Huff, Placido Polanco, Fernando Rodney and Jarrod Washburn — filed for free agency Thursday, the first day players could do so. The only Tiger eligible for free agency who didn’t file Thursday was Brandon Lyon, and that’s more of a formality. His agent and the Tigers haven’t talked yet. Look for a free-agent roundup on the site tonight.

The Tigers have exclusive negotiating rights with their free agents through Thursday, Nov. 20. While those players can talk with other teams, they technically can’t talk contract terms or exchange offers, though agents seem to get around the contract terms part. Starting Nov. 21, it’s a free-for-all.

Also, the Elias rankings that determine compensation for free agents came out today. Polanco qualified for Type A status, meaning the Tigers would receive at least a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of next year’s draft, and possibly a first-round pick as well, if they offer him arbitration and he signs somewhere else. That leaves the Tigers with a decision to make whether they offer him arbitration, and I’m not sure the Tigers won’t take a chance and offer it. After all, if he accepts it, the Tigers have him for one year.

Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon both qualified for Type B status. If the Tigers offered them arbitration, they’d get a draft pick after the second round if they signed elsewhere.

Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Leyland hinted that he would look over the lineup for Saturday, but his one change was to flip Carlos Guillen and Aubrey Huff in the fifth and sixth spots.

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, LF
  6. Aubrey Huff, DH
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Alfredo Figaro

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Carlos Quentin, LF
  6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  7. Alex Rios, RF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Brent Lillibridge, 2B

P: Freddy Garcia

Huff back in lineup against Carrasco

When Jim Leyland talked after yesterday’s loss, he was
really thinking about resting the slumping Aubrey Huff for a day or two. On
Tuesday, he thought better of it and put Huff in his starting lineup tonight for
the Major League debut of Carlos Carrasco. Part of Leyland’s thinking was that
Huff will sit Wednesday anyway against lefty Aaron Laffey.

That said, Huff is batting sixth in the lineup instead of
fifth. Leyland moved Magglio Ordonez ahead of him for the evening, with Carlos
Guillen batting third.

“I’m hoping he’s getting hot,” Leyland said of
Guillen. “That’s my hope.”

TIGERS

1.      
Curtis Granderson, CF

2.      
Placido Polanco, 2B

3.      
Carlos Guillen, LF

4.      
Miguel Cabrera, 1B

5.      
Magglio Ordonez, RF

6.      
Aubrey Huff, DH

7.      
Brandon Inge, 3B

8.      
Gerald Laird, C

9.      
Adam Everett, SS

SP: Edwin Jackson

INDIANS

1.      
Grady Sizemore, CF

2.      
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

3.      
Shin-Soo Choo, DH

4.      
Jhonny Peralta, 3B

5.      
Luis Valbuena, 2B

6.      
Matt LaPorta, RF

7.      
Andy Marte, 1B

8.      
Kelly Shoppach, C

9.      
Michael Brantley, LF (just called up)

SP: Carlos Carrasco (also just called up)

Magglio back in RF, Huff stays at DH

As Jim Leyland forecast last night, Magglio Ordonez is in the lineup batting sixth against Ian Snell, off whom he’s 3-for-6. But while Leyland pondered possibly switching up Carlos Guillen and Aubrey Huff, putting Huff in left field and Guillen DH, Leyland thought better of it today.

Gerald Laird is in the lineup to catch Justin Verlander, the one starter whom Leyland doesn’t want Alex Avila catching quite yet. He likes the roll that Verlander and Laird has gotten onto and he doesn’t want to disrupt that at the moment. Eventually, however, count on Avila catching Verlander at some point.

“He’ll catch everybody before it’s over,” Leyalnd said. “I didn’t say he’ll catch every day before it’s over. But if that bat stays like that, it’ll be hard to keep him out of the lineup.”

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Carlos Guillen, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Aubrey Huff, DH
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Justin Verlander

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Russell Branyan, 1B
  3. Jose Lopez, 2B
  4. Ken Griffey Jr., DH
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  6. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  7. Kenji Johjima, C
  8. Michael Saunders, LF
  9. Josh Wilson, SS

P: Ian Snell

Huff batting fifth at DH, Guillen in LF

I know there was a lot of speculation that Aubrey Huff could slot into the third spot, but for now, Huff will hit fifth and give Miguel Cabrera some protection. Cabrera, for one, appears to be a big fan of that.

“I just felt that’s the way it best matched up,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I don’t know if it’ll stay that way.”

As far as where Huff will play, we’ll see. But Leyland felt comfortable enough with Guillen and his throwing arm to give him a shot in left field tonight, his first game in the outfield since going on the DL in early May with his inflamed right shoulder.

“He told me he could play left field before,” Leyland said, “so I just put him out there tonight. I probably wouldn’t have before we got Huff.”

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Carlos Guillen, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Aubrey Huff, DH
  6. Clete Thomas, RF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Russell Branyan, 1B
  3. Jose Lopez, 2B
  4. Ken Griffey Jr., DH
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  6. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  7. Rob Johnson, C
  8. Ryan Langerhans, LF
  9. Jack Josh Wilson, SS

P: Felix Hernandez

Follow-up on Huff trade

To go over some quick nuggets from the Huff press conference earlier:

Dombrowski confirmed the Tigers had interest in him for quite a while. However, he said they were not close to getting him prior to the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. It’s believed the asking price changed drastically from July to now, from number of prospects to ranking of them.

How is he going to be used? Good question. As I wrote in the article, the Tigers cited his capability to play 1B, 3B and LF. Obviously, he isn’t going to be the regular at first or third, and Guillen is currently rooted at DH until and unless he can play 3B or LF. And since they’re LH hitters, they’re pretty much going to be in the lineup on the same days. Could that leave LF? Wherever he plays, he will be in the lineup a lot, according to Dombrowski.

Where will he hit in the lineup? Not sure. If he hits third, the Tigers can keep going L-R-L-R-L-R through the top two-thirds of their order. Some of that, though, might depend on what position he plays and who he displaces.

The Tigers still have to announce their roster move to make room for Huff on the 25-man roster. However, Dombrowski confirmed, it will NOT involve Magglio Ordonez. With Magglio now less than 90 plate appearances away from having his $18 million contract option vest for next season, it appears the Tigers are willing to keep going with him now that he’s producing more than he had. Still obviously not at previous levels, but better than their other options at this point.

UPDATE: Almost forgot to mention that while Dombrowski didn’t eliminate the possibility of another deal, he said he doesn’t have anything else going on.

“I don’t have any other [deal] that I’m working on right now,” Dombrowski said. “But we still have six weeks to go in the season. We’re trying to do anything we can to win within reason. Mr. I has been very supportive of us. You can see we’ve picked up a significant amount of payroll since July 31 in a very tough economy. I don’t have anything else going on. I think we’ve addressed a lot of our needs. We have done quite a bit, but are we in a position where we’re done? I can’t answer that.”

Tigers get Aubrey Huff from O's

Just when you think Jacob Turner, Andrew Oliver and Daniel Fields are the big names for the Tigers today, up comes Aubrey Huff. The Tigers acquired the veteran hitter from the Orioles for Minor League pitcher Brett Jacobson. Will hear more details from the club in a conference call soon.

You might remember Jacobson as part of last year’s draft class of talented relief arms. The big right-hander was 1-3 with a 3.74 ERA and six saves for Class A Lakeland this year.

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