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Two names to watch for Tigers: Crisp and Cespedes

Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:46 pm
Barring a late intervention from owner Mike Ilitch, the Tigers aren't going after Jose Reyes. It's unlikely that they would make a strong bid for Aramis Ramirez, sources say.

And while they need a starting pitcher, it's more likely that they fill that need through a trade than through free agency.

So where do they look next, now that they've re-signed infielder Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal for a little more than $4 million?

Two names to watch: Coco Crisp, and Yoennis Cespedes.

Both come with risk, but either one would fit the Tigers' desire to get faster and more athletic.

Cespedes, the Cuban soon-to-be free agent, interests the Tigers enough that general manager Dave Dombrowski is making an rare scouting trip to the Dominican Republic. But Cespedes is drawing huge interest from many teams (and sending many GMs to the Dominican), and it's too early to know how high his price will rise and what chance the Tigers have of signing him.

The Tigers have also been in contact with Crisp's agent, and their interest is believed to be strong. Crisp has expressed a preference to stay on the West Coast, but it's believed that the chance to win could help lure him to Detroit.

Crisp is thought to prefer the Giants, but they're so financially limited that he may not be an option. reported that the A's have interest in re-signing him.

If the Tigers sign Crisp, he would likely replace Delmon Young in left field, and would take Austin Jackson's spot as the leadoff hitter (with Jackson moving to the bottom of the order). The Tigers like Young, but Crisp is a better fit for their needs at this point.

Young would have some trade value. The Tigers offered him to the Braves for Martin Prado last month, but those talks died.


Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:12 pm

Two names to watch for Tigers: Crisp and Cespedes

Cespedes is an outfielder, not a SS.

Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:42 pm

Two names to watch for Tigers: Crisp and Cespedes

Dear God,

Please don't let my team be stupid and spend too much $ on "dontrelle willis" like deals

Santiago is good, Coco is intriguing, Reyes reminds me of Edgar Renteria (in a bad way)... we don't need to shoot ourselves in the foot after we finally made some progress this year

-Tigers fan in SC

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:22 pm

Two names to watch for Tigers: Crisp and Cespedes

Any player who has never played in the MLB before is a risk, no matter how highly he is valued. Having said that, I think Jose Reyes is just a big a risk, having never played in the AL and with all his injury problems.

Coco Crisp to me is very overrrated for what he brings. His OBP was .314 last year so the fact he stole lots of bases means little if he can't get on. Last year could have just been an off year, but to me he really doesn't bring a lot to the table. 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:49 pm

Two names to watch for Tigers: Crisp and Cespedes

Cespedes is a far better option than Reyes, who is always a play away from getting hurt.  And at $100mil, that just seems like to big of a risk to take.  Crisp would bring some extra D to the OF and some speed, which the Tigers sorely missed.  Both would be good signs and if they get Cespedes, they can then move Peralta over to 2b if they can package Young and someone else for a 3b.  Fills most of the major holes in the offense and defense in just a couple moves.

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