Tigers Reportedly Scouting Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Tigers have their top scout, Scott Reid, watching the Cubs this week. The Tigers are interested in Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz as possible replacements for shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Andy Dirks.

Levine reported last week the Tigers and Cubs discussed a deal involving either Nate Schierholtz or Ryan Sweeney. And now the Tigers are apparently interested in trading for Darwin Barney again. Levine pointed out that Detroit has had interest in Barney for the last two years.

The Cubs would be asking for pitching in any deal involving Darwin Barney and/or Nate Schierholtz. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been trying to acquire Rick Porcello from Detroit since they took over the team two-plus years ago. But with Anibal Sanchez receiving a cortisone shot in his shoulder, Porcello might not be as available as was reported earlier this spring.

Darwin Barney would be an affordable option for a Tigers team expected to compete for a World Series title this season. Barney is under team control through the 2016 season after agreeing to a $2.3 million contract to avoid arbitration last month. Barney is penciled in as the Cubs’ starting second baseman, Jed Hoyer reiterated Barney is the Cubs’ second baseman on Wednesday morning, but he has received a lot of playing time at short this spring with Starlin Castro unavailable due to the right hamstring strain.

The Tigers search for a left-handed hitting outfielder was put on the backburner when it was determined Iglesias would be out for a majority of the season with shin splints. Detroit is apparently trying to fill both holes in its roster now. It is believed that Dave Dombrowski would prefer to fill shortstop with internal options, as Jayson Stark reported Wednesday morning. Stark also reported several scouts indicated the Tigers have been asking teams if they have any available shortstops.

The Cubs currently have 40 players on the 40-man roster. The front office will receive one roster spot once Kyuji Fujikawa is placed on the 60-day DL. One spot will have to be cleared for Emilio Bonifacio. And with Ryan Kalish healthy and producing, a spot for him on the roster will have to be opened up as well and his performance this spring could have sped up the front office’s timeline on dealing Nate Schierholtz.

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  • The Dude Abides

    Tigers have a pretty weak minor league system. I doubt they would give up Krol or Ray, the two lefties they received for Fister or Rondon from their bullpen. So you are looking three years and beyond before you see anything from a pitcher in their system at the major league level.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Do they have te pitching to blow us away and snag Castro?

    • Tony_H

      I don’t thinks so, without a 3rd team. I don’t see that being considered in this case, at this time.

  • JimBo_C

    It seems unlikely that we could get an impact major league player for guys like Barney and Schierholtz. Young plus arms with an MLB ETA in 2016/2017 or a projectable starting catcher would be a good return.

  • ross Scanio

    Hoyer should trade Jeff Samargzda along with Barney and an outfielder lke Schierholtz and get Portcello plus more minor leagurers for barney and ASchierholtz.

    • triple

      Last night I was think Cubs should send over Castro, Barney, Schierholtz, and Samaradzija for Porcello and Iglesias and some pitching prospects, but then I realized that the Tigers probably don’t have any pitching prospects worth taking that they would actually be willing to part with. This would essentially leave the Cubs with open roster spots to put guys like Kalish and Bonificio on the 40-man roster. Obviously Iglesias would be on 60-day DL so that would be another roster spot available for someone else. When he gets healthy, he could provide good defense and probably decent hitting at the back of the lineup, and would end up being traded again once the Cubs infield becomes more clear. This would also mean that Baez would probably have to start the season with the Cubs, and Bonificio at 2B. But I think it’s all very far fetched, mostly because I don’t see the Cubs being able to get enough good pitching prospects in return.

  • John G

    Reports today that Jose Iglesias may be out for the season. Tigers need something at shortstop.