The Detroit Tigers have reportedly been interested in upgrading the shortstop position this offseason, and the latest player they've been linked to is Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. ESPN's Jim Bowden reports the Tigers are one of several teams pursuing Cabrera.
"Several teams are pursuing shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics," Bowden writes. "If anyone of those teams puts together the right package of young starting pitching, it might be able to pry him loose."
Cabrera hit .270 with 16 home runs and 70 RBIs last season. He's 27 years old. Cleveland is reportedly exploring trade options for several of the team's established players. In addition to Cabrera, Bowden reports, Cleveland would consider offers for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, closer Chris Perez or starting pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson.
The Tigers are looking to improve their infield defense. Incumbent shortstop Jhonny Peralta would likely be traded if the team could find a replacement.