On Thursday, rumors swirled about a deal between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers being done; Jack Wilson was on his way to Detroit...at least that's what someone thought. Twenty-four hours later, however, they proved to be just that: rumors.
I added a comment to my report yesterday that the Dodgers have entered the picture in pursuit of the eight-year veteran shortstop, and with rumors of free agent Rafael Furcal going to Oakland instead of resigning, it is safe to say the Dodgers interest has gone up.
The Dodgers had discussions with the Pirates around the time of this season's trade deadline after Furcal had a back injury in May that sidelined him until September. The Dodgers are looking to revamp their infield and are reported to be considering both Wilson or free agent Adam Everett.
Past discussions with the Tigers dating back to last season's trade deadline included Wilson to Detroit for Jair Jurrjens, who was a pitching prospect at the time. Since then, Jurrjens was traded to Atlanta for Edgar Renteria, and posted a 13-10 record with a 3.68 ERA for the Braves. But now that Renteria has signed a free agent deal with the Giants, the Tigers want Wilson again.
Recent reports indicate that Detroit approached the Pirates Wednesday night with an offer that piqued their front office's interests, and sparked the rumors of an agreement. It is also said the Pirates were scouting Tigers' Triple-A first baseman Jeff Larish in the Arizona Fall League. Larish, 26, is a left-handed hitter who batted .250 with 21 home runs and 64 RBI with the Toledo Mud Hens.
Talks with the Dodgers picked up as early as last Saturday, with the main points of interests said to be shortstop Chin-Lung Hu, outfielder Delwyn Young, and the details of Wilson's contract. Wilson is due $15 million plus over the next two seasons, including a $600,000 buyout, but Wilson says he is willing to restructure his deal to accommodate the Dodgers, who are reportedly willing to guarantee both seasons for a total of $12 million. Wilson, a southern California native, lives there in the offseason with his wife Julie and their three children.
More to come as the negotiations of a possible deal continue.