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Look for Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox to be big sellers during off season

Posted by Betonline team on 11/15/2016 5:39:26 AM
Look for Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox to be big sellers during off season

The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are expected to throw in the white towel as both division foes plan to trade off or sell some of their most expensive pieces. That could include former MVP winners Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers.

The Tigers have a payroll priced at nearly $200 million, and there is a mandate to avoid the luxury tax. It could also be a sign that “the win one at every cost” mandate is over. It appears as if the Tigers are admitting their window of opportunity has come and gone with two World Series appearances but no championships.

Here are two things to look out for. The Boston Red Sox need a replacement for retiring David Ortiz. The Red Sox like big bats and are not afraid of payroll. GM Dave Dombrowski brought Cabrera to Detroit from Miami. And look for the World Champion Chicago Cubs to throw their hat in the ring for Cabrera.

Tigers GM Al Avila has told Verlander and Cabrera their names will come up in trade rumors.

The White Sox are desperate to get rid of top pitcher Chris Sale following odd behavior and violation of team rules, which include destroying throwback uniforms that he did not want to wear. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana is also expendable and is attractive because of a relatively cheap contract. The Sox could also peddle Adam Eaton, third baseman Todd Frazier, closer Dave Robertson and outfielder Melky Cabrera.

** The last two years of free agency has yielded some high prize and high priced starting pitching. This year it won’t.

The big names this year are hardly big names. The list includes Doug Fister, Jason Hammel, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis. They are fine pitchers but none are strong enough to break the bank.


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