Tigers prospects in AFL title game

Yeah, it’s a shameless plug, I know. But it’s still live baseball, so if you’re looking for something to put on your computer while you’re watching Michigan-Ohio State (or later Michigan State-Penn State) on your TV, you can watch the Arizona Fall League championship game on MLB.TV. Tigers prospects Jeff Larish, Casper Wells and Will Rhymes are all slated to be in the starting lineup for the star-studded Mesa Solar Sox, who apparently decided their starting lineup for this game by a vote among the players.

It’s a pretty good lineup for Mesa, loaded among three organization. Four of the slated starters for the Solar Sox come from the Braves organization, with three from the Tigers and two from the Marlins. The exception is highly-touted Phillies shortstop Jason Donald.

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If the Tigers sign Lugo I will quit watching them and cease being a fan. Seems a bit radical to say that based on one player but that move indicates much more than just an inferior player at shortstop. It is an ignorant presumption that the fans don’t care and don’t really matter.
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It would announce that they do not have serious plans for this season.

Before the Tigers do something so incredibly stupid, they should offer arbitration to Renteria. If Lugo comes over here, he’s dead before he even begins as far as fan acceptance goes.
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The funny thing is, all three rumored shortstops (Lugo, Greene and Everett) are coming off injury-plagued seasons, yet it’s Santiago that the brass is worried about health-wise. I don’t know, this seems to have Jim Leyland’s fingerprints all over it.
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Or perhaps we should just play along with this as a feint?
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–Rich

oh idk…. i think i would be happier seeing a stack of fertilizer bags in between 2nd and 3rd than renteria. at least if a ball hit the stack of fertilizer, it would be more of a guarunteed stop than with renteria. and the ricochet off the bag might setup a few DP’s…….
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if they sign renteria, the contract should stipulate that HE pays the tigers for allowing him to play….
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mike

I saw somewhere that Mike Rabelo has to clear waivers for the Marlins. I wonder if the Tigers will attempt to claim him off waivers (or however that works). I think he did a good job when he was in Detroit.

Hey all, well I don’t know if I will go as far as not being a fan or not watching anymore if they bring in Lugo, BUT I will certainly be a very “disgruntled” fan. That would be the worst EVER!!! Imagine, the attitude of Sheffield and even less talent! Their has to be much better options. Anyone would be better, what is really bothering me is the fact that they continue to bash Santiago, saying he can’t handle a full season. Maybe they should try to find out. They have potential back ups in their system, don’t they? Well, enough ranting about Lugo. I have to give congrats to the boys in the AFL. And to Chuck Hernandez, I just hope he doesn’t do any better in Cleveland. We wouldn’t want him to bite us in the rear. Yes that sounds spiteful, but they are in our division. Anyway, NO LUGO!!!!! GO TIGERS 2009 -Stacy

I recently found this on foxsports.com

The Pirates, who have floated the name of shortstop Jack Wilson with several clubs, are trying to acquire catcher Matt Treanor from the Marlins and then trade both players to the Tigers, according to a report on FoxSports.com.
Personally, I think this is a good idea, I’m not sure who we would trade for these men, but it could solve two problems at once. I know the Tigs were looking at Wilson a year or more ago and this Treanor guy has some decent numbers, why not go for this, they have small contracts. And use the extra money to to Biemel and a closer?

I agree with you all, the Lugo thing wouldn’t be good. If he didn’t play well in Boston, why would this change with a ‘small market’ team such as Detroit. I hope this is just hot stove talk and nothing more. I suppose time will tell. I also agree, that Santiago should be given a shot and see what happens. If it doesn’t work, perhaps we could always bring someone up mid-season or look at trading for someone at that time. idk…

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I’ve been reading the Jack Wilson reports here and there. It appears that once a guy gets on the Tigers’ radar screen, he remains there, i.e. Renteria.
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After the Lugo rumors made the rounds, Wilson sounds like a dream come true. :-) Seriously though, they could do worse. As the articles point out, however, he wouldn’t come all that cheaply, and waiting until next year’s trade deadline is a thought. That would mean doing the Santiago experiment, which isn’t sounding likely.
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Speaking of Ramon, and I’ve said this many times, I’d like to see him get more PT if he’s not a starter. He can give an aging Polanco a blow and he can also fill in for Inge. That would require JL not caving in to Brandon’s constant demand to be in there, and I think number 15 could use a little more rest than he’s gotten the past few seasons. The bottom line is to not look upon Santiago as a “scrub” (there’s that word) but as a large contributor to the 2009 team.
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And a Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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–Rich

Rich,
Your comments are the reason I never post much, you already say what I am thinking. What I am still wondering though is the talk of Matt Treanor coming with Wilson. I really don’t know much about him. I read about this on Yahoo Sports. I am curious as to what you all think about the package deal. GO TIGERS 2009 -Stacy
HAPPY THANKSGIVING :)

Stacy,

I totally agree about Rich making the right comments. I’d be fine if the Tigers chose to replace DD with Rich with Dan Byrne as his personal advisor…
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As far as Wilson and Treanor are concerned, I think that most would agree that they’d be upgrades over the current options of Santiago/Ryan. There would be some debate as to the extent of the upgrade but I think the bigger question is what will cost the Tigers to trade for Wilson and Treanor. After last year’s big trades, the cupboards are rather bare and what the Tigers do have, they’re likely to need next year. Those that we’d like to trade– Sheffield, Robertson, Inge aren’t all that good and they have large contracts. Willis is an option to trade given his large contract but I’m not sold on trading away a young lefty that contended for the Cy Young just a few years ago (though I’ll admit that he doesn’t look like the same pitcher any more.) With that in mind, the Tigers would likely be willing to trade Marcus Thames or one of their younger outfielders– Clevlen and Joyce come to mind but I don’t know if that would interest Pittsburgh. FYI– I’m totally speculating on these names– don’t put credence into any of the names– just throwing out what comes to mind.)
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In short, I don’t see a good fit with Pittsburgh and would hate to see the Tigers trade away too much– especially pitching– for what amounts to small upgrades over the status quo. That being said, if Treanor and Wilson are available for dirt cheap, I think it makes sense to go for it… though I’m not getting my hopes up.
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Brent
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PS– Don’t forget, “Vote no for Lugo in ’09!”

Brent, how about we keep DD and I’ll be his personal advisor…and field manager. ;-)
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I’d trade Willis for those two straight up in a Detroit minute. Dontrelle may very well make a future comeback, but I’m willing to take that chance. DD must kick himself for giving him that contract, although I wonder if there wasn’t some shady behind the scenes deal making being done in order to land Miguel Cabrera. Probably not, but the contract just didn’t and doesn’t make sense.
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The Pirates wouldn’t go for that trade, though. They’ll be wanting pitching prospects. We have some, but who knows what they’d be looking for. Would they take, say, a Chris Lambert? Freddie Dolsi?
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I usually hate the rumor mill but I must say I’m glad MLB.com has put up this hot stove blog. I still dislike the rumors but it is interesting to see the names that are being bandied about. At any rate, we should begin to see some real action in a few days time.
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–Rich

Interesting to see we have a couple of spots open on the 40 man roster.
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It was good to see Larish perform well in the AFL and Casper Wells seems to be displacing Brent Clevlen as the RHB heir apparent in the Tiger outfield. I guess Wilikin Ramirez will need a little more time. Clevlen is pretty inconsistent and is struggling to hit in Winter Ball.
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What I really find interesting is that Matt Joyce is starting to pound the ball in Mexico. He now has as many homers as Larish hit but in half the amount of ABs.
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Lots of talk about a young arm cracking the bullpen this year. Lost in all of this is Blaine Neal. He’s been around a bit and while I am not surprised he has dropped off the radar for Detroit next year I am surprised with all the difficulty we had with our relievers last year they never considered bringing him up for a look see.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if we picked up Wilson. If it is a matter of between him and Lugo, I would be pleased if we do, though I still think Santiago makes sense in terms of defense, seniority and as a cost-cutting salary measure.
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Dusty Ryan is hitting about .100 in winter ball. Yikes! That is a little disconcerting. That may not be a precise guage of his ability, but I must admit I would feel a lot better if he were a couple hundered points better than that.
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I would also not be surprised if somehow they unload Willis. He is young and he might come back but it sure doesn’t look promising. DD and JL might feel a lot better if they don’t have to answer questions about him all year again. I don’t know if he has much appeal to anyone with his contract, though maybe Harry Chiti is available.
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I would like to see Dontrelle pull it back together but I wonder if he can appreciate how serious his career possibilities are? He just seems to be so carefree and playful in the midst of what should be intense determination to right the ship.
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Haven’t heard any rumblings about Inge going anywhere. Guess I won’t be seeing much of my man Hessman anytime soon.
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Must admit, it is a little frustrating to hear rumours of Peavey, Halladay, Burnett, Sabbathia, Wood, etc associated with every team in baseball but ours.
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Would any of you folks trade Ordonez for Lincecum?
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BTW-here’s a clue why Lee, Halladay and Mussina won 20 games this year.. They all threw over 200 inings and walked only 30-some batters each. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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Happy Thansgiving to all.

Hey again,
Sorry I left Dan out, but yes those two express my sentiments to a tee! As far as Magglio for Lincecum, I would be leary. He is young and in the NL. I have a tendency to worry when NL pitchers come to the AL. I’m not sure why I feel this way but it usually doesn’t work out so well. Anyway, I thought I would apologize to Dan and give my thoughts and the trade idea. GO TIGERS 2009 -Stacy

While the rest of the league seems involved in Hot Stove talk, we seem to be as excitig as cold porridge. The latest hair raising news is some speculation that we might go after Alex Cora as a shortstop to ssplit time with Santiago. I thought the Lugo story was bad enough but it just gets sillier with this kind of consideration by management to fill a big hole. Give your head a shake DD.
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Stacy, not sure why you would think you need to apologize to me. I appreciate all your posts. But I must say I would take Lincecum and Molina for Magglio and either Willis or Robertson in a heartbeat.

Alex Cora? What not just bring back the Nefarious one? I can accept that the Tigers want to bring in another shortstop but please make it an upgrade from Ramon and/or give him a shot (my preference.)

The Lincecum talk is just silly– the Giants aren’t going to trade him. If they would, I’d send him anyone on our roster without thinking twice. He’s a young stud pitcher– even in the NL, those kinda guys don’t come along very often.

Yes—In the SPIRIT of Hot Stove talk, the Lincecum/Ordonez trade is certainly silly. Glad you pointed that out as we don’t want to give DD any more “silly” ideas. Things got silly enough last year with the infield switch; Inge catching; the placation of Sheffield into left field when he couldn’t swing a bit let alone make a throw and that doesn’t even address the pitching staff.
Whew! What a knucklehead year we had eh?
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Now we are hearing names like Cora, Lugo, Varitek, Beimel, Oliver, Lyon. Those are all names that should strike fear into the pockets of season ticket holders if nothing else. Actually if they end up able to get Jack Wilson on the cheap that is one rumor I could live with being materialized. I too prefer Santiago being fiven the shot but Wilson is a slick ticket out there, he can hit a little and he would be good in the clubhouse. I know JL is not after chemistry but a little woudln’t hurt either.
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BTW, Dusty finally had a good day in Puerto Rico yesterday going 3 x 4 with a long ball.
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I would bet Freddie Garcia is off the short list now that he re-injured his shoulder once again.

Totally agree on Garcia– he’s just too much of an injury risk… though I’d give him a Minor League contract again if no one else gives him a shot. (Doubt that)
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I don’t know much about the relievers on your list Dan but my general opinion is watch out– relievers seem to be a dime a dozen (unless Rodney comes in with a runner on…) I’m still crossing my fingers that the Tigers will aggressively court Hoffman after Dec 1 (assuming San Diego doesn’t offer him arbitration.) I know he’s older but I like the idea of a seasoned vet working with the younger arms that we keep hearing are going to get a shot in Spring.
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I also agree on Jack Wilson– he’s definitely the best name I’ve seen associated with the SS position. It should be interesting to see how the Tigers handle this (assuming something will happen soon.)
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Also glad to see that Dusty had a good day. I think they’re banking on him making the team– just dont’ know if they’ll trust him to start or if they can find a servicable backstop. I haven’t heard his name associated with the Tigers, but I’d think they could do worse than Brad Ausmus. Wonder if he doesn’t want to be in Detroit.
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Dan– good comments on the silly stuff last year. I’m still wondering if Sheffield is going to be back… I guess hoping that he won’t but fearing that we’ll be in for another year of watching him wince while trying to reach 500 (and insisting that the number doesn’t matter).

Renteria did come around with the bat a bit and he did lead the team in grand slames I think, but what troubles me is his defence. I remember 2 dropped easy pop flies last year. I find that hard to accept from a MLB shortstop. His limited range does not help to diminish the challenges that this pitching staff is confronted with. One does not get a peaceful easy feeling on anything hit his way (or thrown) that you find on a successful team. It is a critical position and individual mediocritythere almost ensures mediocre team results, not championships. I hope he does well and expect he will end up in the NL again. I just don’t see him filling a need here.
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Santiago can “pick-it”. He is showing signs of improving offensively and indeed is over.300 at this point in Winter Ball. If the philosophy is to improve defense and lower the salary level then it seems a logical solution, especially short term. If the club is bound and determined to go outside and find someone then I would be reluctantly happy with a guy like Wilson. There is a reason he is loved and admired in Pittsburgh–he gives you everything all the time. And he is a very capable defender.
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If they scrape up folks like Lugo and Cora I would be extremely discouraged. It sends the subliminal message that they don’t really expect they will be able to win in 2009. To me that is worst thing a baseball team can do to their fans.
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I expect there will be some major changes in the organization this year by way of trades. I believe management knows they need to excite their fans once more and that they will not automatically draw another 3 million fans through the turnstiles again. 2 years of dsisappointments could be the beginning of a trend and many people are afraid that last year was not ‘just on of those years”.

I must be missing something here. Why would they be unlikely to offer arbitration to Renteria? At best, he signs elsewhere and we get draft picks. At worst, he accepts arby and we end up with exactly what we’re looking for, an aging middle of the road shortstop for the short term. He’s at least as good as most of the names being bandied about, and actually better than some of them.
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And remember, I’m the guy who practically led the charge against Renteria, coming out against the trade months before it was even made.
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Is this just radar jamming? Or is Edgar even worse than we thought he was? Or am I missing the point entirely? It wouldn’t be the first time.
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–Rich

Hey there, Dan. Looks like we were doing a mid-winter encore of our knack for posting at the same time.
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We’re in agreement. I can accept Jack Wilson, but think the club is spending too much effort on this shortstop chase when we’ve already got Santiago. It will reach a point where, no matter who they pick up, the fan base will spend all next summer screaming for Ramon, much as football fans holler for the backup QB to come in. If anything, they should scrape up an inexpensive backup for RAZOR, and look for some stopgap measures in this bullpen.
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Well, we’ll know more by the end of tomorrow, and even more starting a week from tomorrow.
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–Rich

I checked out the Tigers “Depth Chart” on their site and was disappointed to see no sign of Hessman. Larish and Raburn but no Big Mike. Also odd to see that Larish wasn’t listed as a sub at first. What’s up with that?
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Lambert ?!? is listed as the 5th starter. Now that just makes no sense at all to me. No southpaws in the rotation at all right now and Nate is listed as bullpen.
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BTW, Aquilino Lopez has been dominant in winter ball so far. He has STARTED 6 games (if the stats are to be believed) and has given up only 19 hits and only 4 walks in 27 innings while striking out 25. He is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. He’ll be 34 next year so hopefully he is determined to have a career year right about now.
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I don’t like our rotation now a whole lot. I’d like to see a front of the rotation lefty in there and if it took Ordonez to turn that trick, I’d be considering it.
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Somehow I have a feeling we are going to end up with Wilson and Treanor after all and it may involve guys like Marcus, Joyce, Santiago, Ramirez or Clevlen.
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Ordonez has given us a lot of offense that last few years, coming off those bad knees etc, but I think he is pretty likely to see his output diminish this year and next. He is the one (“touchable”) guy that has some star power for this club that could dramatically effect the roster next year. He could fetch a front end starter, a tope closer, a premium lead-off man who can also play short and throw in a veteran backstop to boot.
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The dyanmics of this team has to change in order for it to succeed. The plodding, one dimensional offensive threats we have outnumber the energizer rabbits (that we could really use) by far too great a ratio. In my world either he has to go or Sheffield–either one leaving would revitalize this team and create some opportunites that are being held back for at least another year.

So Renteria was not offered arbitration. Basically, we gave away Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez for nothing. A horrible trade just got worse.
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I’m not understanding these decisions. Now they’ll have to give away even more players to replace him. We’ve lost a lot of players for no return and the team has gotten worse, not coincidentally.
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It bothers me that Leyland’s “gut feelings” about players leaks into the front office. Leyland should have been fired the day after the season ended. Why put off the inevitable?
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–Rich

Rich,
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I agree with you that the Renteria trade was terrible and will continue to look worse the longer Jurrjens pitches well. (likely a long time– hopefully not as long as Smoltz…) It will be even worse if Hernandez turns out to be a top outfielder as well. However, I think the Renteria decision is understandable as long as the Tigers don’t go sign another old and expensive shortstop. If the Tigers had offered Renteria arbitration, he could have accepted and we’d have to pay him around 9-10 million next year. Add in the 3 million buyout already paid him and thats a heckuva salary for a defensive liability at short. Again, my argument can be thrown out the window if they go out and trade for Lugo– a more expensive defensive liability that doesn’t hit as well or end up with any of the other old bums that keep being mentioned. However, if they choose to stick with Razor or end up with an acceptable alternative (Wilson is the only name I’ve heard) then I can understand why they’d not want to risk paying Renteria the money. In an ideal world, Renteria would have signed a contract prior to December 1 and we’d get two first round picks. However, since I would think he’s likely to get less than 9 million/year elsewhere, he’d likely be inclined to accept the arbitration offer and we’d be stuck with him at a high salary. Make sense?
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Let’s just hope that the Tigers make up for the poor decision to trade Jurrjens/Hernandez by not making any further decisions that worsen the decision.
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Dan– as far as Hessman not being listed on the depth chart, I believe it is because Hessman is a minor league free agent. If he re-signs with the Tigers, we might (but I doubt it) see his name on the depth chart. Lambert as the 5th starter is laughable. It is interesting that Willis isn’t even listed on the chart.
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I do agree that Ordonez is our one tradeable asset and if we’re able to get some great prospects and/or guys that can fill holes, it might make sense. If we end up trading Ordonez, it might make sense to offer Abreu a short term contract. Abreu isn’t as good as Ordonez with the bat but he runs better and he’s a left handed option that would help balance out the lineup.
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Alright, that’s all the speculation for me. It should be interesting to watch the lineup shake out. I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t spend much money, bring in low cost, high upside players and let the guys battle it out in Spring. Have a good one.
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Brent

My only problem with not offering arby to Renteria is the one you mentioned, Brent. That they’d go out and get another expensive and aging shorstop. The Lugo talk was very scary, and that’s not a closed case yet either. My confidence in DD’s decision making has taken a big hit this past year.
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On the other hand, maybe a deal is already in the works and we’re about to learn what path the Tigers will take on this.
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Bottom line, there were going to be positives and negatives no matter which way they went with Renteria. Once the first big mistake was made last year, there’s no clean way to dig out of that dirt.
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I don’t think they trade Ordonez this winter. I’d say that move, if done, would come at the trade deadline next July. I don’t expect us to be serious contenders but the AL Central is so nutty, anything can happen.
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I think Hessman is in the same boat with Marcus, Razor, Aquilino, and the rest of the guys Leyland holds in his mental dungeon. Maybe they should form a club, ala the “Riders of the Lone Pine” of the early 1980s. Anyone remember the Pine Brothers?
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–Rich

I think we all need to hold a large collective breath as DD goes off to the winter trade talks. He needs to be closely chaperoned as he is too willing to jump into bed with anyone offering a ‘star’.
Jason, I hope you are just having fun trying to wind us all up with talk of Lugo for Willis being a fall-back position for SS.
SS provides the spark to lead the team defence and therefore must me the sharpest, reactive player who never makes errors unless going for exceptional plays that come off more times than not. Hitting over 250 is acceptable and over 280 a bonus. Surely then, Razor is the fall back position for 2009 who would be ably supported with Raburn, Larish, Hessman and Holiman. If we have the farm supplying 3 potential SS’s for 2010, if we really got in trouble, surely one of them could make the jump in the latter half of the season.
We have much more serious problems than SS, being in order:
1) DH – anyone hitting under 250 who can’t throw further than me is a huge liability. Sheff’s Contract (length, not value) is arguably the worst deal in years, with Willis’s and Renteria’s a close 2nd and 3rd. We are stuck here for one more year. I doubt though that JL will stick by him week in week out next year.
2) Closer – Is the natural leader of the bullpen and we fell apart once Todd departed last year.
3) 5th Starter – Someone with leadership and experience is needed to fill the gap left with Kenny not coming back.
4) Catcher – Dusty is a big call at this stage.
5) SS – How is this a problem compared to the above??
I like Maggs but understand his defensive limitations and age means it is likely all downhill from here. I wonder though how many teams would see value in is $18m Contract.

yahoo is reporting that renteria signed with SF.
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best news i’ve heard all day.
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mike

From Vizuel to Renteria. Or is that the sublime to the ridiculous?
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Giants fans will tearing their hair out watching Edgar out there defensivley this next year. I think he will hit OK, probably better than he did in Detroit, but he will cost them dearly defensively.
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If Jack Wilson comes here I will not be criticizing it. Unless of course the were obtuse enough to trade away what we already need. My guess is they would package Santiago and perhaps a young outfielder. Maybe Clevlen or Raburn.
I’d jump all over that deal. Wilson is a character guy and a clutch performer. He will make playing shortstop look easy and will enhance clubhouse chemistry.
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The Rangers are talking about Laird and wanting some pitching, can anybody spell Willis or Robertson? Their salaries may preclude that kind of deal but dumber things have happened. I’d actually be willing to let Bonine or Lambert go if they are looking for young starters. Though I do think Lambert might have something.
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JJ Putz being rumoured about too. Marcus Thames would hit a lot of homeruns at Safeco Field but I hope they don’t hold him responsible for any holes in the roof.
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Anyway, Putz back in Michigan might be a real synchrony.
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There–****, a catcher and a closer and we hardly gave up anything!!!
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Gotta love the hot stove league.

I heard that too Mike. 2 years/18.5 million total.

i wonder, did the giants see renteria play at all last year??????
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this is from an AP story…. yikes….
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Edgar Renteria became the second free agent to join the San Francisco Giants in as many days, receiving an $18.5 million, two-year contract to replace 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel.

“He is a complete player on both sides of the ball, a clutch performer and a winner,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement Thursday announcing the deal. “He has the hardware to show it with the awards he has garnered and a World Series ring. We look forward to seeing him in a Giants uniform.”

Renteria gets a $2 million signing bonus, $7 million next year and $9 million in 2010. The Giants have a $10.5 million option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout.

I have not posted in a while as my new job keeps me busy. It is a cold day in Grand Rapids. Yes, we need a closer. Do not trade Maggs. I will continue to talk about our farm system DD. Isn’t that what you are supposed to be good at? We need to be a team like 2006. Is it Spring yet? Brrrrrrr. Go Tigers, 2009! –Dave

The shortstop issue keeps getting dumber. Lugo, Cora now there is talk of Everett. Santiago is already bettr than any of them.
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I would like to think they might be able to unload either Willis or Robertson as a salary dump, on someone, somehow.
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Laird would be good catch(er). I would prefer Saltalamacchia as he is a good 5 years youngr and is a switch-hitter. BUT, Laird is ready both behind and at the plate right now and is just might be a premier type catcher.
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Having Dusty is a fun idea but the on-the-job-training at this level with his inexperience at that position can be brutal.
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Rangers need pitching. This is where a Willis or a Robretson might come in real handy.

One of the things Edgar said upon signing with the Giants was, “In the American League, you have to wait for the home run,” Renteria said. “To me, that’s kind of boring.”
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You must have been pretty bored last year then waiting for the next HR to come. Too bad you took that boredom out tin the field with you. BTW, my Mom used to always say, “Only boring people get bored”.
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Since he is no happy and apparently willing to get in shape (He has lost 10 pounds) I guess we can expect him to perform like the guy we thought we were getting.
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Watch those pop-ups ER, they have a habit of coming down.

We have a laundry list of players who need bounce back years (Nate, Verlander, Zoom, Rodney, Carlos, JL, etc) and you can put DD at the top of the list. He is not off to a good start with the Renteria decision. I’d like to think he wanted to salvage something out of that horrible trade.

I don’t know why we can’t solve our shortstop issue in house, with Inge playing both short and third, and Santiago and Hessman covering the open spot. We seem so afraid of offending Inge when the truth is he’d be a reserve with any other team.

Our need at catcher is much more pressing. Ryan has come a long way in 12 months, but he’s not ready to take over yet. Since we have so few tradeable pieces, I’d like to see them used to address this position first, then we can move on to the task of finding 4-5 pitchers who can actually get people out .

I have been a big supporter of DD in the past, but his performance over the last 15 months has been horrible. For a guy who complained about taking over a team full of bad contracts, he sure has created a number of them on his own. If he can’t right the ship this year, he should be sent packing along with some of the fat cats he signed.

If the Tigers had offered Renteria arbitration, then SF would’ve had to give up their 2nd round draft pick to the Tigers to sign him. There’s a very good chance that SF would not have been willing to do that and that we would’ve ended up with another season of watching him wait for the next home run. As much as I would’ve liked to see the Tigers salvage something out of a bad trade, it might have caused more pain.
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It seems that the Red Sox were right to dump him when they did and that he is just not suited to life in the AL. I expect him to have a much better season in SF this year.
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matt

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