The Detroit Tigers may be attacking their offseason with the strategy of building for the present, rather than for the future.
The Tigers drafted right-handed starting pitcher Jacob Turner as the ninth overall selection in 2009. He has been considered the top prospect in the Detroit farm system for the past two years. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers might be looking to deal him for a major-league pitcher.
The Tigers could certainly use more help in their rotation right away, as ace Justin Verlander is the only true standout arm in the starting five at the moment. The Tigers organization may be thinking about their postseason run in 2011 and of the opinion that they have all of the components in place to make another run at a championship right away. More seasoned and proven arms could go a long way toward making another postseason run materialize.
Turner made his major-league debut in 2011 with a 5.1 inning appearance in July, during which he gave up two earned runs, three hits and three walks while striking out six.
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