MLB: Top Tigers on trad­ing block?

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SCOTTS­DALE, ARIZ.— Detroit Tigers ace Justin Ver­lan­der and slug­ger Miguel Cabrera could be avail­able for the right price. The Chicago White Sox might be pre­pared to deal Chris Sale, too.

Not even a week has passed since the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series ti­tle in more than a cen­tury and teams al­ready are in­volved in trade talk as they po­si­tion them­selves for 2017 and be­yond.

“The con­ver­sa­tions this year with GMs started ear­lier and had more sub­stance to them than I re­call in the past,” Philadel­phia gen­eral man­ager Matt Klen­tak said Tues­day on the first full day of the GMs’ an­nual meet­ing.

A weak free-agent mar­ket at many po­si­tions has driven deal di­a­logue. Frus­trated they have not won the World Series since 1984 de­spite a pay­roll that is among base­ball’s high­est, the Tigers sound ready to em­bark on a re­build.

“We have an open mind to lis­ten on any player on our ros­ter,” gen­eral man­ager Al Avila said. “We’re go­ing to try to make this or­ga­ni­za­tion good for the long run, not the short run. We’re look­ing at it as all-in for the long haul. And so the tran­si­tion, that first step, might be a lit­tle bit tough here.”

No glove for Jays: The Blue Jays were shut out of the Gold Glove se­lec­tions Tues­day. Kevin Pil­lar, a fi­nal­ist in cen­tre field, lost to Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kier­maier for the sec­ond straight year, while pitcher R.A. Dickey was beaten by Houston’s Dal­las Keuchel, who won for the third time.

Ep­stein top ex­ec­u­tive: Cubs pres­i­dent Theo Ep­stein was voted The Sport­ing News ex­ec­u­tive of the year.

Ep­stein re­ceived 13 of 56 votes, fol­lowed by Cleve­land’s Chris An­tonetti (nine), the New York Yan­kees’ Brian Cash­man (eight) and Texas’s Jon Daniels (seven). Jays mi­nor-lea­guer sus­pended: Mi­nor-league catcher Cameron O’Brien, cur­rently in the Toronto Blue Jays’ sys­tem with rookie-level Blue­field of the Ap­palachian League, has re­ceived a 50-game sus­pen­sion with­out pay af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for an am­phet­a­mine.

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