With the winter meetings beginning on Monday, the Tigers may be upping their efforts to trade players like Brennan Boesch and Andy Oliver.
The Detroit Tigers have told other teams that outfielder Brennan Boesch and left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver are available in trade, CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports. Both players fell out of favor with the organization this year after struggling on the field.
Boesch, 28, was considered a non-tender candidate, but the Tigers ultimately decided to tender him a contract rather than let him hit free agency. If they're able to trade him for something despite his poor performance this year — he hit .240/.286/.372 while playing bad defense — it'll all obviously be worthwhile.
Oliver isn't arbitration-eligible yet like Boesch, so he's not quite as financially expensive, but the Tigers are still waiting on the 25-year-old to adjust to big-league hitters. The hard-throwing lefty has struggled to command his pitches throughout his professional career, leaving concern that he'll never be able to harness his impressive arsenal.
With MLB's winter meetings beginning on Monday, opportunities for the Tigers to get involved in trade talks should increase a good deal. The big event concludes on Thursday.