The Detroit Tigers would still seem to have a glaring need at the shortstop position. Unless they find a 10 game sample to be enough to persuade them that they have the answer internally, that is.
Tigers are unlikely to make a play for Jimmy Rollins or any other shortstop, sources say. They like Suarez. Perez playing well at AAA.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 16, 2014
Suarez has been great so far, bringing a hot bat to Detroit’s lineup immediately. Through 10 games he is batting .346/.452/.808 with three home runs and six driven in. If he keeps that up, great for the Tigers. But for a team with World Series expectations, here’s betting that their patience will be short and that their stance will change quickly if necessary.
The timing is interesting in terms of the situation with Rollins in particular. The Phillies have been looking for a way out with their veteran shortstop since the off-season. They have been unable to move him, however, because he has full no-trade rights. But with the Phillies’ all-time record for hits in the books, Rollins is now willing to let the Phillies move him.
Did the Tigers move on in the meantime? Maybe so, but if I were the Phillies I would still keep that Detroit front office on speed dial. The Tigers’ window to win is now, and they might just be one 0-for-15 slump away from reconsidering a trade for Rollins.