The Tigers continue to watch potential pitching help as the non-waiver trade deadline nears. They had a scout in Kansas City watching Oakland reliever Michael Wuertz, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, and they’ve also kept an eye on A’s left-hander Craig Breslow. They also have scouted Marlins closer Leo Nunez, who could end up on the trading block if Florida decides to sell.
Wuertz is a name that has popped up with the Tigers in the past, but Slusser suggests the A’s are unikely to shop him or Breslow. Wuertz has been exclusively a single-inning reliever at most ever since his season debut May 4, but he has been particularly good at it of late, allowing a run on four hits and three walks over his last nine outings, covering seven innings. He’s 6-for-6 in stranding inherited runners since Memorial Day weekend.
While bullpen is believed to be Detroit’s most pressing need, the Tigers continue to scout starting pitchers. The Tigers were among a handful of clubs with scouts in San Diego watching the Diamondbacks face the Padres this weekend, but they appeared to be the lone club there specifically to watch Dan Haren, CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller suggested. Miller quotes D-backs GM Jerry DiPoto saying, ‘We’re not to the point right now where we’re aggressively seeking” a Haren trade.