Something is up in Detroit.
While the swap of Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler saved the Detroit Tigers a large chunk of change in the long-term, it definitely didn't make the club better in 2014.
Of course, that's only because GM Dave Dombrowski is far from done making deals this offseason. As Richard Justice of MLB.com points out, the Fielder-for-Kinsler trade was likely only the precursor to yet another major move.
Justice suggests the names of Choo, Beltran and Granderson as potential targets. In Justice's estimation, landing any one of those three would earn the Tigers the "Best Team in Baseball designation" entering 2014.
If the goal is to be the best, then why not go for the best free agent in Cano? Sure, the Tigers already have Kinsler, but they could shift him to left field or even send him to a new team. There's also the exorbitant price tag to consider. As Buster Olney of ESPN (subscription required) notes, though, that's hardly deterred the Tigers in the past:
...Dombrowski showed that he could dump a whopper contract when he moved Fielder. It's always possible for [Tigers' owner Mike] Ilitch to sign a player now, with the expectation that a trade will be needed down the road.
Cano to the Tigers is the longest of shots. Then again, that's exactly what makes the Tigers a dark horse in the pursuit.
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