The Detroit Tigers will likely need to look beyond top options like the Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera and free agent Stephen Drew to address their shortstop situation this offseason, MLB.com's Jason Beck writes. Both players are fully available, with Drew being free to choose his next team, but the markets are looking competitive.
The Indians seem more likely to trade Cabrera outside of the AL Central, Beck says, putting the Tigers at a disadvantage to acquire the shortstop. Drew, meanwhile, is seeking a multi-year deal on the open market, while Detroit is generally looking at short-term options.
With so little talent on the free agent market, it seems more reasonable to expect Detroit to acquire a shortstop through trade, if at all. "At this point, the Tigers might have a better chance of trading a shortstop by the time they leave town than adding one," Beck says.
The Tigers have talked about Ramon Santiago with some teams, but there may not be anything going on there.