Dontrelle Willis News
Posted by Mike on November 18, 2008
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers are talking trade in regard to obtaining a shortstop, and Julio Lugo appears to be one they are interested in acquiring.
The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Red Sox are considering a deal with the Tigers for either Dontrelle Willis or Nate Robertson.
“We’re having ongoing conversations with a couple of clubs and some free agent (shortstops),” Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday, while neither confirming nor denying the discussions with Boston. “I would not say the situation is crystallizing, but we are getting a better idea of our options.”
Dombrowski is hopeful that minor league prospects Cale Iorg and Danny Worth will be ready to man the shortstop position by 2010, and has expressed confidence in utility infielder Ramon Santiago being the primary shortstop for the coming season. Santiago is an arbitration-eligible free agent.
Lugo’s expensive two-year contract could be a cumbersome one for Detroit to add for a team already committing $104.4 million to nine players on its 2009 roster.
Signing a free agent or trading for somebody, such as San Diego’s Khalil Greene (.213, 10 homers, 35 RBIs), who is due $6.5 million in 2009, might make more sense. Greene is a free agent after next season.
Nothing is imminent, it appears, but as general manager Dave Dombrowski said on Friday, “We have had increased trade talks with some teams over the last few days.”