Could the Tigers welcome back an old friend to fill their second base needs?
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Tigers may look at one of their own former infielders and current Miami Omar Infante if in fact the Marlins decide it’s time to sell.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 13, 2012
Prior to this it was reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the Tigers may focus more on pitching at the deadline since the current second base options on the trade market aren’t very appealing.
Keep hearing different things on #Tigers. The latest: They can't find a second baseman they like, so they'll focus more on pitching. Fluid.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 12, 2012
Infante though could be an interesting option though if he becomes available.
The veteran infielder is signed through next season at a reasonable $4 million dollar price tag. Furthermore Infante is batting .290 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .455 slugging which includes seven home runs and 23 doubles. To add he’s also got a solid glove and makes consistent contact at the plate.
Miami though doesn’t need to deal at this point in time and by all accounts Infante likes it in South Florida. It’s assumed the price tag won’t be a cheap one as well.
The Tigers have also inquired on Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney and don’t appear to be too interested in Rockies infielder Marco Scutaro according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
Ref: CBS Sports, FOXSports.com, Twitter, ESPN