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Tigers willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner

Dec 31, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

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Detroit is serious about making a big addition.

From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Tigers have “made it known to other teams” that they are willing to trade top pitching prospect Jacob Tuner this offseason “in a deal for the right pitcher.”

Turner, a 20-year-old right-hander, was the ninth overall selection in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and has posted impressive numbers at every level of the Tigers’ farm system. In 2010, he had a 3.28 ERA and 102/23 K/BB ratio in 115 1/3 innings between Low-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland. Then in 2011, he registered a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 110/35 K/BB ratio in 131 innings between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers were in talks with the A’s for Gio Gonzalez before the left-hander was traded to the Nationals, and have now been linked to Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. They should also have some other options.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Why on Earth would the Tiggers want to trade a prospect like that, plus, no doubt, quite a few other players, for Garza (on the assumption that Theo will be looking to rape whomever most wants him) – when this kid sounds like he’ll be ready for the show before this season is out?

  2. midranger - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Could not agree with you more. This kids stats are way to good to gamble for Garza.

  3. stinkfist5 - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I wish the lowly team in the AL East would trade for him.

  4. anxovies - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Would they take a veteran righthander with “really good stuff” from the Yankees in a trade? Might even eat some salary.

    • jwbiii - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Sure, Mariano Rivera would be an upgrade over Jose Valverde, but I don’t think the Tigers would make that trade.

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