Detroit Tigers Around the Way: Week of Dec. 14, 2008

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IDecember 13, 2008

The Winter Meetings are over in Las Vegas, after two moves by the Tigers: a trade for catcher Gerald Laird for two minor league pitchers and the signing of defense-first shortstop Adam Everett.

The Hot Stove keeps getting hotter and hotter, and here is the latest in the Detroit organization.

  • After losing out on the J.J. Putz sweepstakes, the Tigers knew they had to add an arm. So, they went after reliever/starter Edwin Jackson from the Tampa Bay Rays. The move was completed and the Tigers sent rookie outfielder Matt Joyce to the Rays in exchange for the 25-year-old Jackson.
  • The Tigers added Adam Everett at shortstop, but that is still not the best person to fill the void at the position. To make sure they would have another player to help, the Tigers and Ramon Santiago agreed on a one-year, $825,000 deal.
  • The Tigers offered a contract to all arbitration-eligible players this past week except one, Aquilino Lopez. The Tigers looked to get a deal done, but they could not agree on a contract. Lopez is expected to test the waters in free agency, but could get signed to a minor-league deal with Detroit.

That's what has happened lately for Detroit. I definitely see the Tigers adding another arm to the bullpen in the coming weeks, somebody like Joe Beimel or Brandon Lyon.

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