The Tigers are never truly quiet at baseball's annual Winter Meetings. They always listen to interest from other teams and usually end up throwing out some offers of their own. Compared to past years, however, this year's meetings still have the chance to go down as relatively subdued. They don't see a lot of remaining needs, their free-agent options aren't numerous, and their available trade bait diminished as soon as they pulled a deal for All-Star shortstop Edgar Renteria and sent Omar Infante off to Chicago for Jacque Jones.
The good news for the Tigers is that they see their positional roster as pretty much set, leaving only the arbitration signing of Marcus Thames to address on that end. If the Tigers do anything in Nashville, it would likely come on the pitching staff to add depth.
2007 finish: 88-74, second place, AL Central
Deals so far: Acquired SS Renteria from the Braves for RHP Jair Jurrjens and OF Gorkys Hernandez; acquired OF Jones from the Cubs for IF Infante; re-signed RHP Todd Jones to a one-year, $7 million contract; re-signed LHP Kenny Rogers to a one-year, $8 million contract; signed RHP Francisco Cruceta to a one-year, $500,000 contract; designated 1B Chris Shelton and OF Timo Perez for assignment.
Players eligible for arbitration: LHP Tim Byrdak, RHP Chad Durbin, LHP Nate Robertson, LHP Bobby Seay, OF Thames.
Free agent: 1B Sean Casey
Needs: Not a whole lot. The Tigers will likely keep an eye out for relief help if something makes sense, but team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said he's comfortable with the group he has now.
Dealing strengths: The Renteria deal sapped the Tigers of some depth in trading pieces from their farm system, especially with Jurrjens now subtracted from the starting pitching corps. They have some interesting pitchers they could dangle, including Dallas Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz and Burke Badenhop, but they have to keep some arms as insurance in case someone in Detroit's rotation is injured. They have a little surplus in the middle infield with Michael Hollimon, Brent Dlugach and Scott Sizemore, but none of them would be expected to draw much on their own as opposed to being a secondary part of a package deal.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.