Detroit trying trade Inge; Abreu to Cleveland dead

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Detroit trying trade Inge; Abreu to Cleveland dead

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DKnoblerTigers have tried hard to interest Phillies in Inge, so far unsuccessfully..
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I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say Brandon Inge doesn't have much trade value. When a team is aggressively trying to convince another team to trade for their player, that's not a good sign.

Detroit gave Inge a shot to play second base this spring, but that endeavor appears to have failed. Which is kind of disappointing, because an infield of Prince Fielder-Inge-Jhonny Peralta-Miguel Cabrera would've been the best thing to happen to American League offenses since the designated hitter.

In other trades-not-happening news, it looked like Cleveland was going to acquire Bobby Abreu from the Angels Thursday night, but that deal now looks dead. That may not be the worst thing for Cleveland -- as Buster Olney pointed out, Abreu tailed off after the All-Star break last year (.215.282.366) and is 4-46 this spring.

Carlos Rodon to make season debut for White Sox this week

Carlos Rodon to make season debut for White Sox this week

Carlos Rodon’s next start will be with the White Sox.

The 24-year-old southpaw will make his season debut this week, though manager Rick Renteria didn’t give a definitive answer on when it’d be. But he’s likely lined up to pitch Wednesday or Thursday against the New York Yankees.

“I haven’t played here all year,” Rodon said. “I’m going to be a little geeked up and ready to go. Plus I get to face the Yankees, a good team, good swinging bats there.”

Rodon, who has been on the DL with bursitis in his left shoulder since the start of the season, has been sorely missed for a White Sox rotation that’s struggled mightily over the last month. White Sox starters have a 5.32 ERA in their last 30 games with only six quality starts.

Renteria said he’s hoping Rodon can bring some stability.

“We’re glad he’s healthy, we’re glad he’s back,” Renteria said. “We’re hoping he could kind of calm the waters a little bit in the rotation a little bit once he gets to his spot. He’s been down a while so hopefully he can settle into his role quickly, be effective and help us our moving forward.”

His numbers in three rehab starts in Triple-A Charlotte weren’t all that great, but in his final one on Friday, he struck out seven batters and threw 91 pitches. Rodon said that he felt comfortable with his pitches and that his slider was back with an increased velocity.

The only thing that’s left to do is go out and pitch.

“A lot of these guys, once they get back up to where they should be I think they feel a little bit more comfortable up here,” Renteria said. “They’re adrenaline is gonna be a little high. Hopefully it works to his advantage.”

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