Craig Monroe was designated for assignment earlier today by the Detroit Tigers, but this is the first I’ve read that the move may be directly related to a trade with the Pirates.
From the Detroit Free Press:
It’s possible that today’s moves could have some link to the Tigers’ continued interest in Pittsburgh shortstop Jack Wilson.
Wilson has cleared trade waivers, according to ESPN.com, meaning the Pirates could deal him to any big-league team, even though the non-waiver deadline has passed. Detroit and Pittsburgh were close to a deal involving Wilson just prior to the July 31 deadline.
Meanwhile, the Free Press learned that [Omar] Infante and [Craig] Monroe have cleared trade waivers, so they would likely be available in trade talks with the Pirates. Some of the Tigers’ top prospects – including outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and right-hander Dallas Trahern – are not on the 40-man roster, and therefore could be traded at any time.
Infante and Monroe for Wilson would be a sideways move at best, backwards at worst. Monroe and a pitching prospect like Trahern would be more palatable, but also more unexpected. (Again, anticipate the worst, hope for the best.)
Infante, a middle infielder recently demoted to Triple-A, is making $1.3 million in 2007. He was hitting .276/.309/.359 through 156 part-time at-bats as a member of Jim Leyland’s bench.
Monroe is making $4.775 million this year, and as far as I can tell, will be arbitration eligible entering 2008. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Monroe has logged 4.105 years of major-league service time. He was hitting .222/.264/.373 through 343 at-bats this season as a platoon outfielder.
Wilson left last night’s game with asthma symptoms, but I haven’t read anywhere that the condition should keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Jim Tracy said on tonight’s pre-game show that Wilson is fatigued, but recovering well.