Tigers among Juan Pierre's suitors — 12:17 p.m.
The Tigers are among the teams pursuing Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre during the winter meetings, multiple major league sources told FOXSports.com.
The Dodgers want a reliable pitcher in exchange for Pierre. With $18.5 million left on his guarantee, a swap of similar contracts would be ideal. But it's doubtful that Los Angeles would view any of Detroit's expensive, oft-injured starters — Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, Dontrelle Willis — as an attractive option.
So, in order for the Tigers and Dodgers to strike a deal, a third team would probably need to be involved.
Detroit would love to trade switch hitter Carlos Guillen for a pitcher, then ship the pitcher to the Dodgers for Pierre.
Even after acquiring young center fielder Austin Jackson in the Curtis Granderson trade, the Tigers would be able to give Pierre a fulltime role. If Jackson is ready to start on Opening Day, Pierre could play left. If Jackson isn't ready, Pierre could be the center fielder.
Either way, in that scenario Pierre would replace Guillen in the everyday lineup and Granderson as the leadoff man.
Opinion may be divided on whether Jackson will be ready to become a fulltime player in 2010, but even some of his strong supporters question whether he can be a leadoff man in the majors at 23. -- Jon Paul Morosi