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  • Lynn Henning of The Detroit News has an interesting article up in which he says the Tigers have a 50% chance of acquiring current Braves shortstop Edgar Renteria before next season. The Tigers will more than likely move the defensively-challenged Carlos Guillen to first and go after a replacement at short this offseason. The Braves are trying to move Renteria's contract with the emergence of Yunel Escobar and therein lies the source of the speculation. Henning goes on to say that the basis of a deal would more than likely be pitching and brings up the connection between Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski and Frank Wren. I don't see this adding up to 50% though. There just isn't a pitcher that fits the mold for this deal. Bonderman is too much and Nate Robertson too little. A Glavine signing could take a lot of pressure off Frank Wren to fill an immediate void at the top of the rotation and it will be interesting to see if he goes against the Schuerholz way and works out a package of prospects. Jair Jurrjens could be a nice starting point if he goes that way.
  • This next little bit isn't a current or future trade but an interesting detail to the Mark Teixeira deal. In his most recent AFL update, Chris Kline of Baseball America says that GM Jon Daniels of the Rangers had a choice of either Jordan Schafer or Elvis Andrus in the Mark Teixeira deal. Obviously the Rangers ended up with Andrus and overall stats might not back up Daniels' decision but Andrus is one of those players that scouts just rave about. After all, he hit .300 after being traded to Texas and around .300 when he was playing away from Myrtle Beach. In the end, I'm still glad they went for Andrus though with our long-term future in center up for grabs and too many long-term options at short.
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