MLB Rumors: Detroit Tigers unlikely to pursue Jimmy Rollins trade

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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.

It turns out that is exactly what they are thinking after a strong first impression from Eugenio Suarez. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports:

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.

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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.