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Report: Tigers open to trading Scherzer, Porcello

There has been speculation about this previously, but CBSSports.com‘s Jon Heyman reported on Monday that the Tigers are indeed listening to trade offers for starters Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello

Scherzer is a top choice for the AL Cy Young award after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and league-leading 0.97 WHIP this season. Porcello has been a back-of-the-rotation starter since he broke into the league. Both will be free agents after the 2014 season. 

– Joey Nowak

Among Tigers’ topics: Closer, middle infield

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke to the media Sunday about the hiring of new manager Brad Ausmus, and also touched on some of the team’s other hot stove issues. He said the club is looking for an experienced closer — which could include Joaquin Benoit — and also spoke about the middle infield situation.

“We’re going to have a closer,” Dombrowski said, according to MLive.com. “We’re going to pursue somebody to pitch the back end of the bullpen. Joaquin is in that group, but there are a lot of closers out there. That’s the one area where there are a lot of guys. That is one area I think we need to address with him or someone else and then we’ll look at the rest of our club.”

Possible candidates beyond Benoit could include free agents Joe Nathan, (former Tigers reliever) Fernando Rodney, Brian Wilson and Grant Balfour.

Dombrowski also said he “[doesn't] think it’s likely” the club would bring back Jhonny Peralta next year, essentially confirming what he’s been saying all along about Jose Iglesias being the team’s shortstop for the future. There are decisions to be made at second base, as well, with Omar Infante a free agent. The Yankees have reportedly reached out to Infante in case talks with Robinson Cano break down, but he’s also a plausible option to remain in Detroit.

– Joey Nowak

Tigers lose Tuiasosopo, Downs to waivers, decline Veras’ option

The Tigers announced that outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo has been claimed off waivers by the D-backs, left-handed reliever Darin Downs has been claimed by the Astros and the team has declined the 2014 club option on reliever Jose Veras.

The Veras move is probably the most surprising, as he proved to be a relatively dependable setup option after being acquired from the Astros at the Trade Deadline, and figured to be a closer candidate moving forward. 

Veras appeared in 25 games for the Tigers, going 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA (19.2IP/7ER) and 16 strikeouts. He gave up two earned runs in five postseason innings. 

Downs had a 4.84 ERA and 2-0 record in 29 games for the Tigers this season, while Tuiasosopo hit .244 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 81 games. After securing the left field platoon spot in Spring Training, Tuiasosopo faltered down the stretch, going hitless in the month of September before being left off the playoff roster. 

– Joey Nowak

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