Apparently the Tigers might not be done yet re-tooling their bullpen a day after acquiring Jose Veras from the Houston Astros.
According to various reports, including Mlive.com’s Chris Iott, the Tigers and Giants appear to be discussing a deal that would send lefty reliever Javier Lopez to the Motor City.
The report was also touched on by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler and FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi via Twitter.
Tigers are among the many teams that have talked to Giants about lefty Javier Lopez
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnobler) July 30, 2013
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2013
So far this season Lopez has been very good out of the pen going 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA. He could also be a very viable option as a left specialist given left-handed hitters employ a measly .172 average with a .466 OPS against him this season. Numbers the Tigers obviously could benefit from especially in the late innings considering the struggles of Phil Coke this season.
Of course though this latest report comes amid Joel Sherman of the New York Post stating that Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers are finished making moves prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.
Talked to #Tigers GM Dombrowski who sees Veras as likely lone move b4 deadline, sticking with Benoit to close, Veras mix with Smyly in 7-8
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 29, 2013
Sherman may in fact be right, however as Iott states Dombrowski may not be done with his window shopping just yet.