DETROIT, Michigan –
One day after the Detroit Tigers pulled the trigger on the biggest trade so far this MLB off-season, reports are surfacing that they may not be far from trading another large part of their lineup. Bob Nightengale from USA Today is reporting that the Tigers are listening to offers for CF Austin Jackson.
Jackson, 26, has been the Tigers lead-off hitter for the better part of his time in Detroit. Jackson hit .272 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI last season, but he struggled in the playoffs and hasn’t panned into the hitter the Tigers had hoped for. He spent last winter working on his speed, but even that hasn’t been on display in recent years.
If the Tigers choose to trade Jackson, they could acquire a top free agent to replace him. Names such as Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin Soo Choo have been floated out there by media outlets. Even ex-Tiger Curtis Granderson has been mentioned in some reports.
A trade isn’t in the works, but the Tigers are listening.
Also, it was confirmed this morning that the Tigers have signed relief pitcher Phil Coke to a $1.9 million dollar non-guaranteed deal. The non-guaranteed part means the Tigers could let him go in Spring Training and only may him a fraction of the deal. The contract is for 1 year.
The Tigers have already been one of the most active teams so far this off-season. And they’re far from done. Stay tuned.