Tigers Interested in Juan Pierre

FOXSports.com reports that the Detroit Tigers are among the teams interested in Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre. This an many more reports, rumors and things that go bump in the night from the Winter Meetings.

The Dodgers, looking for a reliable pitcher in exchange for outfielder Juan Pierre who has $18.5 million left on his guaranteed contract. The feeling is that Detroit is offering Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson and/or Dontrelle Willis — as an option.

In order for the Tigers and Dodgers to make a deal, a third team would probably need to be involved.

Detroit would love to trade switch hitter Carlos Guillen for a pitcher, then ship the pitcher to the Dodgers for Pierre. Chances are the Dodgers would be receptive to that move.

Detroit received young center fielder Austin Jackson in the Curtis Granderson trade, and would be able to give Pierre a starting spot in the lineup. If Jackson is ready to start on Opening Day, Pierre could play left. If Jackson isn't ready, Pierre could be the center fielder. Former Dodger RHP Edwin Jackson was traded to the Diamondbacks in a three-way deal with Detroit and the Yankees.

In recent signings, the Brewers have agreed to terms with LHP Randy Wolf on a three-year contract, St. Louis has signed Brad Penny to a one-year contract is worth $7.5 million and contains $1.5 million in performance bonuses pending a physical. Washington is interested in both RHP Jon Garland and catcher Brad Ausmus. Los Angeles has also shown interest in re-signing Ausmus as a back-up catcher but Ausmus is apparently considering retirment.

Dodger GM Ned Colletti had denied that he is attempting to trade reliever George Sherrill. "We're not shopping anybody," Colletti said In Indianapolis where the Winter Meetings are being held. "I think George Sherrill pitched great for us. He gives us the same component he gave us last year, somebody who can close, can pitch late in the game. He's a left-handed compliment to the right-handed Jonathan Broxton."

Colletti also noted that the Dodgers payroll, some $100 million in 2008, would not necessarily be reduced. "A lot of it depends on how winter unfolds with revenue and different things. You see good signs, it goes up. You don't see good signs, it probably doesn't go up. It also depends on the players we're talking about," he said. He also said: they will try to maintain patience with Scott Elbert and Josh Lindblom and develop them into starters. ...Blake DeWitt will be given a shot at the second base job. ...Pitcher Eric Milton, whose season ended with back surgery, would not return. ... And the Dodgers also are in no hurry to sign any free agents coming off a significant injury, but that could change later in the winter.

Baseball America ranks the 30 Major League farm systems twice a year and in their recent issue they have listed Texas No. 1, Tampa Bay No. 2, San Francisco No. 3, Philadelphia No. 4 and Cleveland No. 5. The bottom five are Washington No. 26, Arizona No. 27, Toronto No. 28, St. Louis No. 29 and Houston No. 30.

The Dodgers? No. 17 with this note, L.A. has spent less on draft picks the last two years than any club, and it shows.

Former Dodgers GM Fred Claire is now with Ariball that provides MLB organization with solutions that full crucial information gaps beyond video scoring, advance scouting, and professional scouting. This benefits the coaching staff and players directly, and is not available anywhere else in the world, according to the company. The solutions are field-tested through years of direction and refinement and can be used by a team/s staff with regular updates -- or chose to receive analysis via conference calls or in person directly from company founders Claire and Ari Kaplan.

The families of Dodgers catcher John Roseboro and the Giants Juan Marichal, were in attendance at a performance of a play that chronicles the two athletes' feud. The Public Theatre said Mr. Marichal and members of the Roseboro family were in attendance for the Dec. 5 performance of "Juan and John," the play by Roger Guenveur Smith. Mr. Smith portrayed both Mr. Marichal and Mr. Roseboro in the production. The two players were in a physical on-field confrontation in 1965, but the two eventually settled their differences and became friends. Roseboro, one of the best catchers in Los Angeles history, died in 2002.

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