Tigers GM Avila open for business at meet­ings

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY CHRIS MCCOSKY The Detroit News

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


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