Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tigers Rumored To Be Pursuing Stephen Drew

By Sean Gagnier

After the Oakland A's turned down their $10M option on Stephen Drew, the free agent began popping up on several team's radars, including the Detroit Tigers.

Oakland is not out of the hunt for Drew though, they just want to ink him to a less rich deal. Other teams in the hunt are the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, although both teams see Drew more as an excellent insurance plan for their everyday shortstops.

Detroit however, despite picking up the option on Jhonny Peralta after the World Series, consider Drew to be a starting shortstop and are rumored to be pursuing him.

Picking up Drew doesn't add much to the Tigers roster, it is not a positive move, but more of a horizontal one. In 2012 Peralta hit .239/.305/.384 in 585 appearances while Drew turned in a .223/.309/.348 performance in 327 appearances.

Drew however, was coming off a year of rehab from a severe ankle injury, something Detroit believes held his numbers down.

If Detroit does indeed sign Drew, they will likely shop Peralta who has drawn interest from several teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks. Should Drew don the "Olde English D" then the Tigers could trade Peralta quickly to get a prospect or two in return.

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