According to one AL executive, the Tigers plan to pursue free agent reliever Juan Cruz, hoping he can take over in a late-inning relief role.
Cruz was 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA for the Diamondbacks in 57 games this season, so he should be one of the more sought-after free agents on the market. Not only that, but he has put together two solid years in a row, elevating his stats both years, which could suggest he is entering his prime. He just turned 30 on Oct. 15.
I spoke with someone close to to Dave Dombrowski, who expressed Dombrowski's desire to land a reliever, which suggests he will aggressively pursue someone relatively cheap like Cruz. While Cruz is not likely a closer, he would make for a great seventh- or eighth-inning guy. The Twins and Cardinals are also believed to be interested.