Last year, the Tigers inexplicably acquired utility fielder Neif Perez from the Cubs. This season, the Tigers are on the prowl for another player like Perez.
Whether it's a superstituous thing or not following last year's World Series appearance, today's Detroit Free Press made a compelling case for the Pirates' Jack Wilson.
- Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski is a longtime friend of Pirates GM Dave Littlefield, and the two worked on a deal for Sean Casey at this time last year.
- Leyland scouted games in Pittsburgh while working for the Cardinals, so he has watched Wilson play.
- And, most important, Wilson passes the defense-first test.
Wilson is a better hitter than Neifi Perez, right? My limited recall ability says he is, but it is hindered by the fact that Wilson is a player I automatically right off offensively.
Because of Wilson's albatross of a contract, there is no rush to acquire him before tomorrow's 4PM EST non-waivers trading deadline. No one will claim him and thwart the Tigers from working out a deal.