MLB trade rumors: Brennan Boesch to be dealt by Tigers?

Jeff Gross

Next week's winter meetings could be the end of Brennan Boesch's tenure in Detroit as rumors swirl about a possible trade.

The Detroit Tigers have received inquiries from multiple teams on outfielder Brennan Boesch and could deal him during next week's winter meetings, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports. The 27-year-old is scheduled to be eligible for arbitration this winter, putting him in position for a solid raise despite his poor performance this year.

After emerging as a useful power bat during the previous two seasons, Boesch hit just .240/.286/.372 with 12 home runs in 503 plate appearances for Detroit this year. His numbers dropped across the board, ultimately leading manager Jim Leyland to keep him off Detroit's playoff rosters during its run to the World Series.

Previous reports have stated that Boesch will be tendered a contract by Detroit for 2013, meaning that the team could go to arbitration with the outfielder for the first time. MLBTR projects his first-year arbitration salary at $2.1 million, so Boesch will presumably receive a contract worth roughly that amount, either from Detroit or a new team if he's dealt.

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