The Tigers announced they have released OF Brennan Boesch.
If he is not claimed off waivers, the Tigers will owe Boesch $383,000 of his $2.3 million salary for 2013.
Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the Daily News says the Mets will at least discuss any available outfielder, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Yankees have interest in signing Boesch.
Boesch was hitting .188 with four strikeouts in 16 at-bats for the Tigers this spring.
Update, 12:30 pm: The Mets are expressing interest in Boesch, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Brian Erni, MetsBlog.com:Boesch is an intriguing option for the Mets. Only two years removed from finishing fifth for the AL Rookie of the Year, Boesch struggled to a .240/.286/.372 line last season. He doesn’t walk a ton, and he is prone to the strikeout, but there is undoubted upside there. He’s still 27-years-old, he has pop and he is a lefty bat that handles left handed pitchers well (.230/.292/.333 last year, but .286/.348/.420 for his career). Is he going to win a Gold Glove in the outfield? Probably not (in 2012, he had an UZR of -12), but he might be worth adding to the mix if he has interest in coming to New York.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:I agree with Martino – the Mets have to consider everything for the outfield right now. However, Boesch is a left-handed hitter, and he wasn’t very productive last season. And, as Brian said, he is not a very good outfielder, and the Mets already have defensive issues out there with Lucas Duda and Marlon Byrd. Boesch does provide some experience and does have some pop, but he doesn’t get on base very much and owns a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 3:1. With that said, he could add value in a platoon role with someone like Marlon Byrd, but they already have lefties Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and maybe Matt den Dekker in consideration for such roles in the outfield.
Statistics and information on Brennan Boesch...
Stats: Boesch hit .240 with a .286 OBP and .659 OPS, 12 home runs and 54 RBI with 26 walks and 104 strikeouts in 503 plate appearances for the Tigers last season.
Contract: Boesch will earn $2.3 million in 2013. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.