So Much for Cruz and Lyon?

With the Diamondbacks offering salary arbitration to three players — two of them (possibly) of interest to the Tigers: relievers Brandon Lyon and Juan Cruz — it would seem that Detroit will look elsewhere for bullpen help.

Cruz is a Type A free agent and would cost the Tigers (or any team that signs him) two draft picks. Lyon is a Type B free agent, would cost just one. Still, do the Tigers want to part with draft picks, especially two, for this caliber of reliever?

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

4 thoughts on “So Much for Cruz and Lyon?”

  1. Lyon doesn’t cost a pick. The D’Backs would get a pick, but it would be a sandwich pick – a gift from the CBA – not the Tigers.

    Cruz would cost the Tigers just their second round pick since the first rounder is protected because they were in the lower half of the league.

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  2. I’m still all in favor of signing Cruz, especially knowing that he won’t cost a first-round pick. The concerns about his walk rate and his lack of experience are valid, but the Tigers really need a fireballer out of the bullpen.

    I also don’t think he’ll be overpriced, with teams looking to keep the closer market down. That should keep the middle reliever market in control, too.

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  3. Thanks for the correction, Bill. I lifted that info from the story in the Phoenix paper — and didn’t apply the Tigers’ situation.

    I’m with Ian. With that new context, I say go for Cruz.

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