Al Avila Might Dip His Toes In Free-Agent Market

As the calendar approaches February and most of the high profile MLB free-agents still remain on the market, the DSR has learned that Tigers GM Al Avila might attempt some bargain shopping.

According to our source who tipped us off to the Justin Upton signing in 2016 — weeks before anyone else had an inkling the Tigers were still even buyers — Avila has a plan to be aggressive with two to three free-agents if he can get them on two-year deals.

Avila is of the belief there will be a mad scramble in early February once some of the major dominoes start falling (J.D. Martinez, Yu Darvish, Lorenzo Cain, etc.) and second tier free-agents might be available to be had for a shorter term.

The Tiger brass’ thinking is if they can acquire someone for two years and said player has a big first half of the season in Detroit they could be a valuable trade commodity at the deadline.

The specific names our source mentioned were right-handed starting pitcher Andrew Cashner — who spent 2017 with Texas — and left-handed reliever Tony Watson, who split time between the Pirates and Dodgers last season.

More information as it becomes available ….

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