By RICKY LINDSAY, Tigers Beat Reporter
The Detroit Tigers didn’t make any eye-popping, blockbuster deals during the 2012 Winter Meetings last week, but they focused on improving the club with several small moves.
Two moves occurred shortly after the annual Rule 5 draft, when Detroit completed two trades to acquire two players for their big league roster.
Second baseman Jeff Kobernus was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Justin Henry after being selected in the Rule 5 draft. The 24 year old played four seasons in the minor leagues with the Washington Nationals, where he hit .279 with 125 RBI’s and 120 stolen bases.
Pitcher Kyle Lobstein was acquired from the New York Mets for cash considerations. The 23 year old lefty went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 27 starts last season with Tampa Bay’s Double-A affiliate.
The Tigers weren’t done dealing there, trading lefty Andy Oliver to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catcher Ramon Cabrera. Cabrera hit .276 with three home runs and 50 RBI’s for Pittsburgh’s Double-A affiliate last season.
The Tigers offseason is far from over with it being December. The team is still expected to entertain offers for outfielder Brennan Boesch and shortstop Jhonny Peralta, as well as exploring the possibility of resigning pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
Sanchez is considered to be the second best starting pitcher on the free agent market behind ace Zack Greinke, who recently signed a six year, $147 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sanchez is expected to command a similar contract after dominant performances in the 2012 postseason.