Some updates on the Tigers, following baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline:
* Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that he was still talking with other clubs about “a couple” possible deals before Sunday’s deadline. Dombrowski didn’t mention specific players, but sources say those discussions centered on relief pitching, including Joel Peralta of the Rays.
* The Tigers view Doug Fister, acquired from Seattle over the weekend, as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter. “He’s got a real good feel for pitching,” Dombrowski said. “He moves the ball in and out. He cuts the ball at times. He continues to improve. He’s been better this year than last year. Everything we’ve heard about him is that he has great makeup and is a tremendous individual.”
A big part of Fister’s appeal is that he won’t become a free agent until 2015. He is set to make his Detroit debut on Wednesday.
* Dombrowski said the team is “extremely” pleased with how Jacob Turner performed in his major-league debut on Saturday. “It was an indication of how good he’s going to be,” the GM said.
Dombrowski said Monday that he isn’t planning to have Turner appear in the major leagues again this season, citing an innings limit the team has placed on him. But he didn’t completely rule out the possibility.
Dombrowski explained that Turner came up to pitch Saturday because scheduled starter Duane Below was needed as a long relief option over the weekend. Charlie Furbush, who had been the long reliever, was unavailable Friday even though he was still on the active roster. Furbush went to Seattle in the trade – which had been agreed upon but not yet announced.
* Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque — whose elbow inflammation partially explained Detroit’s pursuit of bullpen help at the deadline — will be reevaluated by the team’s medical staff on Tuesday. It’s possible that he will be available for the Tigers’ series against Texas. Alburquerque hasn’t been healthy enough to pitch for more than one week.
* Dombrowski was aware that the division rival Cleveland Indians were pursuing Ubaldo Jimenez prior to the blockbuster trade Saturday night. “Just from talking to Colorado in general, I knew it was a very steep price. I didn’t know that Cleveland was going to pay it. There’s no question that he has a chance to help them.”
As for whether Fister or Jimenez will have the biggest impact on the American League Central race, Dombrowski said, “Those things get sorted out on the field. We know that if we play up to our capabilities, we have a real good chance to win the division.”
* Brandon Inge, sent to the minor leagues last month, has a 1.081 OPS during the first six games of his stay at Class AAA Toledo. “He’s working on some things there, making adjustments,” Dombrowski said. “He’s played outstanding at third base, like he always does. He’s done fine there overall.”
— Jon Paul Morosi