The eyesore that was Jacob Turner's start on Tuesday certainly didn't accomplish very much, but it did answer some pressing questions for the Detroit Tigers' organization heading into the trade deadline. And after being tied to some of the biggest names on the market last week, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi is reporting that the Tigers are among the teams scouting Padres left-hander Clayton Richard on Wednesday out in San Diego:
A quarterback who signed with the Michigan Wolverines out of high school and was eventually beat out by star freshman Chad Henne, Richard switched to baseball soon thereafter and never once looked back. A 6-foot-5 lefty who can eat up innings with the best the sport has to offer, Richard is 6-10 with a 3.83 ERA this year for the Padres. At just 28 years old with such a late start career-wise as a baseball player, it's entirely plausible that the former Wolverine is just now entering the prime of his career and could be an excellent deadline acquisition.