The Tigers need a closer. The Braves need to unload Dan Uggla’s onerous contract.
So how ’bout this: JV and Uggla for Phil Coke and Omar Infante, with the Braves agreeing to pay a portion of Uggla’s contract.
Detroit would receive more talent but a larger financial burden. They have shown a willingness to spend big, though I doubt they could stomach an infield of Fielder, Peralta, Cabrera and Uggla.
Another option? Third baseman Nick Catellanos, ranked 21st in MLB and Baseball America’s prospect rankings. He hit .320 last year divided between Single-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.