According to reports via CBSSports.com, ESPN Chicago and the Detroit Free Press the Detroit Tigers apparently are showing legitimate interest in Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and Rockies infielder Marco Scutaro.
ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine reports that the Tigers are among 10 teams showing interest in Dempster who currently holds a National League best 1.85 ERA. However the Tigers could find competition within their own division as the White Sox and Indians are also said to be interested in the veteran.
Dempster though won’t come cheap as Theo Epstein and the Cubs are said to be seeking pitching and a third baseman in return. The Tigers of course have Jacob Turner and Nick Castellano’s who has recently been making a transition to the outfield.
Dempster who is 35 years old is signed through the rest of the season and has a career 4.30 ERA. He’s also been a closer in his career saving a total of 33 games for the Cubs in 2005 and winning 17 as a starter in 2008.
The Tigers are also keeping their eye on Rockies veteran infielder Marco Scutaro according to baseball insider Tracy Ringolsby.
Scutaro has spent time playing both middle infield positions but has been primarily a second baseman with the Rockies this season. In 84 games with Colorado Scutaro is hitting .275 with four home runs and 24 RBIs. He also has a .325 on-base percentage, 22 walks and 34 strikeouts.
scouts checking in at Coors Field. Tigers tracking Scutaro. Texas, Dodgers and Angels checking out Hammels.
— Tracy Ringolsby (@TracyRingolsby) July 15, 2012
In addition though to Dempster and Scutaro the Tigers are also said to be interested in Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels or Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.
“Like the Angels, the Tigers are all-in this year. Owner Mike Ilitch made that last-minute $214 million expenditure on Prince Fielder because he aims to win in 2012 (and beyond, of course). None of their other talented starters is establishing himself yet as a solid No. 2 behind Justin Verlander.”
Hamels and Greinke are also in the final year of their deals as well and will command a hefty price tag in return.
Ref: CBSSports.com, ESPN Chicago, Twitter, Detroit Free Press