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The Tigers are not — repeat not — shopping Jacob Turner

Jan 4, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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A couple of times over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard reports that the Tigers were willing to trade top prospect Jacob Turner for a veteran starter. Reports like this one from Buster Olney last week:

Tigers have made it known to other teams that they are willing to trade Jacob Turner in a deal for the right pitcher.

But that’s not true says GM Dave Dombrowski.  He told Lynn Henning today that they have no plans to trade Turner at all. And that the only time the matter was even discussed was when the Athletics mentioned his name in talks about Gio Gonzalez. Dombrowski said that was not gonna happen. And now there are no talks involving Turner at all.

On the one hand this should make Tigers fans happy, because the kid is good.  On the other hand, we all learned recently that you gotta take what GMs say this time of year with a grain of salt.  Like, a grain this big.

  1. normcash - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I know he’s only 20 and his numbers in the minors look OK, but he was really unimpressive the times he pitched this past summer. His fastball topped out in the 90-91 range, so he’s not a power arm. He reminded me of Porcello…I hope he develops as the Tigers hope, but the second coming of Justin Verlander he ain’t…

    • Detroit Michael - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      2011 major league fastball velocity averaged 91.6 (Pitch F/X) or 91.7 (BIS). That’s a bit different from saying it topped out in the 90-91 range. It’s about 1 mph faster than Rick Porcello although obviously much slower than Verlander throws.

      Minor league K/BB and K/IP ratios look promising to me. I’m obviously not a scout but keep in mind that the guy turned 20 last May, so one ought to project some further development on average.

      • pellypell - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        I am a scout(for the CochecoRiverRats of the Horsehide Fantasy Baseball League) and this kid is going to be great. Excellent command and a steal at 5 bucks if he makes the rotation.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I just heard a rumor that ESPN is shopping Buster Olney and that The Bergen Record was interested.

  3. shep1957 - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I’m more apt to take what Buster Olney says with a grain of salt.

  4. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    just went to the and they said ESPN didn’t offer them enough to take Olney.

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