Interested in picking up a corner outfielder in free agency, the Seattle Mariners have been in discussions with the Detroit Tigers about acquiring Brennan Boesch according to a report by Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com.
While a deal does not appear imminent, the Mariners are reportedly quite eager to make a move on Boesch if the team is unable to land any of their top free agent options like Josh Hamilton in the coming weeks. At 27-years-old with above average power from the left side of the plate, Boesch remains an extremely attractive option for the Mariners despite coming off a season where he posted a woeful .286 on-base percentage.
Desperate for left-handed pitching, the Tigers would likely seek a proven relief pitcher in exchange for Boesch's services. Morosi points out that any member of Seattle's left-handed pitching trio of Oliver Perez, Lucas Luetge and Charlie Furbush could each be up for grabs in a possible swap. Furbush, a former Tigers prospect who broke into the big leagues with Detroit in 2011, posted an impressive 2.72 ERA over 48 appearances last year for the Mariners and could be the most intriguing of the bunch.
It once looked like Boesch would emerge as Detroit's next great power hitter in the outfield, but a lack of plate discipline made him expendable with the organization poised for another World Series run. The signing of Torii Hunter ultimately signaled the beginning of the end for Boesch's tenure in Detroit, and it seems like it will only be a matter of time before a team like the Mariners snatches him up.