The Marlins are talking with the Tigers about a trade that would send third baseman Miguel Cabrera or left-handed starter Dontrelle Willis, or perhaps both, to Detroit for a package of players that would likely include left-hander Andrew Miller and other young players.
The Marlins have been talking with the Angels and Dodgers about Cabrera but have been unable to reach an agreement with either team.
The Chicago White Sox are also interested in Cabrera, but Detroit, which has a deeper farm system, may be able to put together a more attractive package for Florida.
Cabrera would play third on a Detroit infield that would also include Carlos Guillen, Placido Polanco and Edgar Renteria, though it is uncertain where incumbent third baseman Brandon Inge fits in the scenario.
Willis would slide into a rotation with Jeremy Bonderman, Kenny Rogers and Justin Verlander.
Pettitte wants to pitch 10 more years
If the Yankees are indeed out of the running for Johan Santana — a big if — there’s another veteran left-hander who might be interested in signing a long-term deal with New York.
Andy Pettitte, 35, reportedly said that he could pitch another 10 years.
Pettitte, 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA in 2007, announced on Monday that he intends to pitch another season with the Yankees rather than begin retirement. Pettitte led the National League in starts with Houston in 2006 and the American League in starts for the Yankees this year. He has worked 200 or more innings each of the last three seasons.
On Tuesday, Pettitte told KRIV-TV that he could pitch another 10 years if he wanted to and, at the very minimum, would like to help the Yankees open their new stadium in 2009.
"I really believe now, especially after playing with the Astros and pitching with my elbow the way it was when I needed the surgery, I realize now I could go out and probably pitch until I’m 45 years old, because I was throwing 82, 83 miles an hour and still being able to compete, maybe because I’m left-handed or whatever," Pettitte said. "For me, the thing of me not being able to go out there and get any guys out, I think that’s so far down the road, probably, that’s never going to play into my decision.
Everybody wanted me to come back. My wife realized that if she would have said, ‘Let’s shut it down,’ I would have definitely done that. She was like, ‘Let’s see how it goes one more year.’ So with that support and all of my teammates’ support, no matter what, wanting me to come back and do this again, that’s probably the big thing."
The Yankees will open a new stadium in 2009, and that may give Pettitte the motivation to play beyond this coming season
"One of the main [reasons] this was such a tough decision for me, one year could lead to another, maybe. For the main reason, if I’m healthy and if my family wanted to support it again, we would consider it, but also the Yankees are going to have a new stadium. I know down the road, when we get through this season, that will be in the back of my head also. That would be awfully nice, to play in that new stadium.
"I’d be lying if I didn’t say that was some of the stuff that you think about. I realize there are some things that could be enticing that tie me into playing even another year."