In what can be titled as The Most Boring Winter Meetings Ever…for the Tigers, the third full day was a little more eventful, but has still to this point resulted in talks and speculation.
Gio Gonzalez trade rumors broke at about 1am eastern time and while there was a quick flurry of excitement, it was quickly snuffed as soon as word got out that the Athletics wanted 3/4 blue chip prospects for the lefty. From the Tigers perspective Jacob Turner is one thing, but Nick Castellanos is another and it seems that unless the expectation of Billy Beane is lowered, the Tigers will watch this one from the sidelines.
While Albert Pujols was playing his cards….that was unintentional but I left it in because bad humor is always entertaining…and Mark Buehrle was making making Miami tilt a little to the left, the Tigers began wooing Octavio Dotel, the 38 year old reliever who famously stumped Ryan Braun this postseason from the Cardinals. No deal is done yet but “sources” are saying that Detroit is likely offering one year and a vesting option.
From Jason Beck via his official Blog:
The deal was not finalized as of late Wednesday evening, but a baseball source characterized it as close. It’s expected to include an option for the 2013 season, a compromise between the multi-year contract Dotel was seeking and the one-year deal the Tigers preferred.
The Tigers have a policy of not confirming contracts until a physical has been completed. That likely won’t happen until after the Winter Meetings have concluded at the Hilton Anatole hotel.
The 38-year-old Dotel will be playing for his 13th Major League team, and his third in the American League Central, but he has been a Tigers target on several occasions over the last five years. He’ll finally get his shot in a seventh-inning role to bridge the gap between Detroit’s starting rotation and the late-inning duo of setup man Joaquin Benoit and closer Jose Valverde.
Dotel is perfect for the bullpen in my opinion. Concerns over his age should be squashed and while he isn’t a sexy name, (he’s no C.J.!) he is an important one seeing as how the Tigers ‘pen was so suspect last year (and yet they still came within two games of a World Series appearance).
More updates will be posted as often as my day job allows.