January 5th, 2010

Second-guessing the [ex-]Tigers' offseason moves

Is it better to not make a move than to make a bad one? Well, that’s all up for opinion, and many have theirs.

Lost in some of Monday’s catching-up from the holiday was a Foxsports.com piece from Dayn Perry listing his picks for the five worst deals of the offseason. No, the Tigers’ decisions didn’t make the list, but three former Tigers did, including both of last year’s late-inning relievers turned free agents.

Brandon Lyon’s three-year, $15 million deal with the Astros from last month’s Winter Meetings topped Perry’s list. Perry goes so far as to call Lyon’s 2009 season “lucky” and chastise Houston for betting that he’ll stay lucky for the next three years. I wouldn’t agree with that, but with a three-year contract for a relief pitcher, you had to figure he was going to be on the list.

Right behind that was the Diamondbacks’ end of the trade for Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, mainly for the fact that Jackson is arbitration-eligible and closer to free agency. Still, Perry gushes over new Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth for “a dominating minor-league dossier and the makings of a shutdown reliever at the highest level.”

Both of those moves topped the Milton Bradley trade in Perry’s eyes. Fernando Rodney’s two-year, $11 million deal with the Angels ranked just beyond that in fourth. Perry cites Rodney’s declining strikeout rate and injury history. I’d suggest the strikeout rate was a small price to pay for better command, but that’s just me.