Detroit Tigers considering minor league options at shortstop

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The Detroit Tigers do not have a lot of holes on their roster. The one glaring hole, however, is one that has not been addressed despite the fact that it has loomed as a problem since before the season started.

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Put simply enough, the Tigers do not have a shortstop.

They took a shot with veteran Alex Gonzalez. That plan did not work out. Then they shifted their attention to trade acquisition Andrew Romine. Then they gave Danny Worth a shot. In the meanwhile they passed on free agent Stephen Drew as he ended up re-signing with the Boston Red Sox.

At the time the Tigers insisted they were comfortable with their options at short, but as Lynn Henning of The Detroit News reports, that might not be the case as the Tigers monitor their options in the minor league.

"“Exactly when the Tigers make their next move to dress up a position in need of a makeover is not the question.It’s a matter of who that next shortstop, probably a platoon option, might be…The Tigers are evaluating, which is why front-office chief Dave Dombrowski and former manager Jim Leyland (now a Dombrowski adviser) were on hand at Toledo this week to scout not only the shortstop options (Eugenio Suarez and Hernan Perez) but undoubtedly some potential bullpen additions (Chad Smith and Pat McCoy, among others).”"

It is not likely that the Tigers would have moved on Drew anyway with the MLB Draft still yet to take place. That said, they might wish they had made a more aggressive move to address that need on their roster come the end of the season or even the playoffs.