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Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher.

If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that could change later this winter.

Boesch, a 27-year-old corner outfielder, owns a .259/.315/.414 career batting line through 380 major league games. He finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2010.

The Tigers would probably want a left-handed reliever or a young starting pitcher in return.

  1. historiophiliac - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Wow, the step down from Hamy to Boesch is laaarge. Interesting to being thinking along that line.

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Well, it is like trying to trade for Andrus or Profar….and then having Gregorius as your backup plan for SS.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Thanks for not saying it’s like picking up Hunter and keeping Boesch as your backup.

  2. pisano - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    It shows how thin this free agent group of outfielders is when Swisher is considered a top outfielder. I personally was elated when I heard the Yankees weren’t interested in him anymore. He’s the kind of player that the more you see of him, the more you wished he’d get traded.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I like Boesch, as I watched him play in the minor with the Whitecaps. If the Tigers do move him, I wish him all the best. He had a rough season this year, but could still be a solid major leauger maybe with a change of ball club.
    –Mike
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  4. philliesblow - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Tigers are also looking for a RH outfielder to platoon with Andy Dirks so maybe they send Boesch to Seattle and bring Casper Wells back.

  5. joerymi - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Boesch’s 2012 was atrocious, but his 2011 was quite good, especially for 430k.

    It does seem very low risk for the Mariners.

  6. tuberippin - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Oh my. I’m interested to see how poorly the Mariners’ outfield will hit in this upcoming season. Franklin Gutierrez in center, flanked by Jason Bay and maybe Boesch but maybe Casper Wells or Michael Saunders. Not a .275 hitter in the bunch.

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