Tigers GM Avila open for business at meetings
Detroit — Tigers general manager Al Avila already has made his intentions known throughout the baseball community: He is open for business.
And he might not wait for the Winter Meetings, which get under way Monday at Disney World, to start dealing.
Avila and his staff have been hunting for veteran starting pitching (one, possibly two) and for a veteran reliever. The requirement — experience and durability. The stipulation — willing to accept a lower-end, one-year deal.
“That’s no secret,” Avila said during the general manager’s meetings last month. “We are looking for pitching help, maybe a couple of starting pitchers. And we’re always looking for bullpen help.
“But look around. There are 29 other teams here and they are all looking for starting pitching and bullpen help.”
Obviously, Avila wasn’t about to tip his hand as to which pitchers the club is targeting. But, from various industry reports and interviews, it appears the Tigers have been kicking the tires on two starting pitchers in particular, both looking for bounce-back opportunities — right-handers Mike Fiers, formerly