The Detroit Tigers’ everyday lineup looks complete, now that they have agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Magglio Ordoñez.
But they are still trying to upgrade their starting rotation, major league sources told FOXSports.com.
The Tigers are examining veteran options for the fifth-starter spot and have shown interest in free agent Brad Penny, sources said.
Penny went 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts with the St. Louis Cardinals this year. He was placed on the disabled list with an upper back strain in May missed the rest of the season.
Tigers club president and general manager Dave Dombrowski acquired Penny once before – in a 1999 trade, when Dombrowski was GM of the Florida Marlins.
Penny had a 5.61 ERA in 24 starts with the Boston Red Sox in 2009, his only stint with an American League team to date. But it’s easier to pitch in the AL Central than the AL East.
If the season began today, the Tigers would have Phil Coke, a converted reliever, and Armando Galarraga in their final two rotation spots. That could put the bullpen in a position to work extensively on back-to-back days. Coke is coming off a season in which he threw 64 2/3 innings, and Galarraga tends to run up high pitch counts.
Sources say the Tigers also made a push to acquire Shaun Marcum from the Toronto Blue Jays before he was dealt to Milwaukee. But the Tigers don’t appear to be a serious suitor for Carl Pavano, who is regarded as the best starter still available on the free-agent market.
— Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal