- The Tigers are hoping to sign another free agent pitcher, general manager Al Avila told reporters ([url=https://www.mlive.com/tigers/2021/01/tigers-could-target-another-free-agent-pitcher-gm-says.html]including Evan Woodbery of MLive[/url]). Detroit [url=https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/12/tigers-jose-urena-agree-to-deal.html]already added[/url] former Marlins right-hander [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=urenajo01,urena-005jos&search=Jose+Urena&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]José Ureña[/url] on a one-year deal this offseason. Ureña joins fellow rebound hopefuls [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=boyd--001mat&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Matt Boyd[/url] and [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fulmemi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Michael Fulmer[/url] in a rotation mix that also includes [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/turnbsp01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Spencer Turnbull[/url] and a handful of very highly-regarded pitching prospects. That wouldn’t make the rotation a seeming area of need for the Tigers on paper. However, with a projected significant increase between 2020 and 2021 in the number of innings teams will need, the Tigers are looking to stockpile pitching depth. Avila noted the organization is considering adopting a six-man rotation at points next season to help shoulder heightened workloads.
- Star NPB pitcher [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=sugano001tom&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Tomoyuki Sugano[/url] made the decision to return to the Yomiuri Giants yesterday, [url=https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/tomoyuki-sugano-to-remain-in-japan-in-2021.html]agreeing[/url] on a four-year, $40MM contract (with three opt-outs). Obviously, no major league team put forth an offer big enough to woo Sugano to MLB. At least a pair of clubs did put a formal proposal on the table, though. The Padres and Blue Jays each offered Sugano a contract before the right-hander made the decision to stay in his home country, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network ([url= link[/url]).
- While the Red Sox were among the teams that liked Sugano, they are “uninterested” in offering any pitcher a four-year deal this winter, [url=https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/07/sports/red-sox-are-out-pitcher-tomoyuki-sugano-jake-odorizzi-may-fit-their-plans/]writes Alex Speier of the Boston Globe[/url]. They are, however, willing to offer two-year or three-year terms to certain hurlers. As Speier writes, that dovetails nicely with the team’s [url=https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/al-notes-red-sox-odorizzi-tigers-grossman-duvall-mazara-orioles-sulser.html]ongoing[/url] [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/odorija01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Jake Odorizzi[/url] pursuit. Arguably the second-best free agent starter remaining on the market, Odorizzi is [url=https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/open-market-notes-kluber-twinscruz-nats-odorizzi.html]expected[/url] to land a three-year deal in the $36MM — $42MM range.
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Free agent right-hander Collin McHugh will throw in front of interested teams on January 16, reports Jake Kaplan of the Athletic (Twitter link). The 33-year-old opted out of the 2020 season after failing to recuperate as hoped from a December 2019 elbow surgery. However, McHugh is again drawing interest from teams after recovering from that procedure, Kaplan notes. The former Astro had plenty of success from 2015-18, working in both a starting and relief role. Some more notes on the open market: