Detroit Tigers Still Mulling Yoenis Cespedes, According to Report


The Detroit Tigers’ front office is still having internal discussions regarding Yoenis Cespedes, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Reports of the Detroit Tigers‘ interest in adding a big-name left fielder this offseason have been mixed. Initially it seemed like the Tigers wouldn’t be interested in adding another big-dollar contract, but when the market for outfielders stalled, we heard reports that the club was waiting for Yoenis Cespedes‘ asking price to drop.

But then, about a week ago, it appeared that Cespedes’ market was picking up and that the Tigers weren’t among the potential suitors.

Apparently the market has cooled again, however, because today’s reports suggest the Detroit Tigers might get back into the mix.

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe indicates that the Tigers are having internal discussions regarding the possibility of Cespedes rejoining the club, but it doesn’t appear that they’re moving toward a decision yet.

"One major league source indicated that Cespedes is a hot topic within the Tigers organization and the reaction is split."

It’s not clear who the major league source is. It’s possible that all the “Tigers are still in the mix” chatter has been coming from the agents’ side of things in an attempt to keep the market stirred up. But it might be true that Tigers brass are still torn on the matter.

One possibility that would keep all of the offseason reports consistent would be if the Tigers are considering Cespedes, but only if his value slips to the point of accepting a short-term deal. They’re not going to get themselves into a bidding war, but he would fill a need at the right price.

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Cafardo also lists the Tigers as possible destinations for Justin Upton, Dexter Fowler, and Chris Davis (authors note: please no), so it’s possible that he’s simply trying to link the team to every available outfielder. At least for Upton he mentions a short-term deal being a requirement for the Tigers to jump in.