Tigers want Inge back, and other end-of-season items

Just finished a long, long conversation with Dave Dombrowski, and he pretty much mapped out the Tigers’ offseason plans and priorities. The biggest point of it: The Tigers will indeed be looking for a middle-of-the-order bat, either in the outfield or at DH, but they want to keep Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta at 3B and SS, respectively.

Dombrowski confirmed the Tigers have talked to Inge and his agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, in the last couple days about a multi-year contract and made him an offer. It’s still early, but considering Inge clearly wants to stay in Detroit and the Tigers not only want him back, but seem to consider it a priority, there’s every ingredient for a match.
“We want him back,” Dombrowski said of Inge.
The Levinsons also represent Peralta, and Dombrowski said they’ve been in touch about him, too. That doesn’t mean they’re going to pick up his $7.25 million option, but one way or another, they would like to have him back at shortstop. 
“We’re looking to sign him as our shortstop,” Dombrowski said.
The other contract option they face is Magglio Ordonez, who is in a middle ground right now. Not surprisingly, Dombrowski said they’ve told Ordonez and agent Scott Boras that they will not exercise his $15 million option. However, Dombrowski indicated that they’re open to bringing him back.
“That will not close the door by any means,” Dombrowski said. “For us, he is definitely a possibility.”
Ordonez, in turn, expressed what Dombrowski called “a strong desire to remain a Tiger.” So again, the two key pieces for a deal are there. Whether that results in an agreement is something different. Ordonez is a Boras client, and as the Yankees will attest with Johnny Damon, sometimes those negotiations can stretch out in an effort to get the best deal.
“Magglio will not be a quick sign,” Dombrowski said.
As for the rest of the pending Tigers free agents, the answer is essentially no. Dombrowski told Johnny Damon and Gerald Laird they will not be purusing them as free agents, and Dombrowski said they “most likely” won’t pursue Jeremy Bonderman.
“We’re not closing the door per se, but we’re not actively pursuing him,” Dombrowski said of Bonderman.
Some of the other notes to come out of the nearly hour-long interview:
  • Alex Avila is going to get the majority of the starts at catcher next year. As Dombrowski said, “We’re going to give Alex Avila the primary responsibility at catcher.”
  • Dombrowski stopped short of saying Ryan Raburn is an everyday outfielder, but he came awfully close. “I think we feel he can be a primary guy,” Dombrowski said. “I wouldn’t say he’s an everyday guy, but he’s going to play a lot.”
  • Confirming what Dombrowski told WDFN next month, they’ll go into next season with Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore competing for time at second base. Dombrowski also said Danny Worth could see time there, as could Carlos Guillen when he’s healthy.
  • Dombrowski on Rhymes: “We like what we see. We think he has a chance to be a spark for us.”
  • Dombrowski seconded what Leyland said earlier about the bullpen as a priority. “Ideally, we’d like to have one more guy in the back end,” said Dombrowski, who used Brandon Lyon as an example of the kind of signing they’d like to make there. 
  • The Tigers will not be pursuing Cliff Lee, or anyone at the very top end of the free-agent starting market. However, Dombrowski cautioned that they won’t necessarily be looking for a stereotypical fifth starter.
  • The Tigers are open to having a full-time DH, if that’s what it takes to add a bat in the middle of the order. In other words, they can find room for Adam Dunn.
  • Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells will compete for outfield spots next year.

28 Comments

Great. “Hope & Dream” managment continues.
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Very disappointed to hear they are committed to Inge at 3rd again. This is very discouraging. Without a potent bat in our lineup from that postion we are basically repeating the Laird/Everett mistakes of believeing others will pick up the slack offensively. This mindset is disturbing and certainly not very creative..
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And the cluster club at 2nd base is a joke. We had the best in baseball there and let him go so that we can be flailing away with has-beens and wanna-be’s. My oh my.
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They are annointing Raburn and this means no Crawford.
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I agree on not going after Lee. I think that would be another costly mistake. He has shown signs of being average at times this year. He has been hit pretty hard other times. Other than the fact he is a LHP in a spacious park that doesn’t issue free passes is not enough to break the free agent bank.
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I only hope that we can be creative with a couple of key trades. Wells will be ready to play. Boesch might be traded IMO.
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Glad to see they realize Bonderman has peaked and will never again be the power pitcher he needs to be.
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Back to the game, out Tiger Team looks awful right now. Now you can blame the players (deservedly so) but I can blame the manager. he just does not inspire his players.

Yuk – not happy with some of those decisions – ie Inge (especially a multi-year deal probably could of stomached a 1 year deal) – giving Avila his catching skills are okay but his bat isn’t much better than Avilas. WHATEVER. Giving Coke the starting job without seeing what else is out there or having a competition for that position. Glad to to Bondo go, Damon go, glad they didn’t pick up Magglio’s option but still hope that he comes back – for a smaller amount of money.
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Not happy with the start of this game – not happy with Boesch – horrible, I know he didn’t touch it but for gods sake how more routine can you get than that. Not happy with the stike/ball calling behind the plate – cost not only Coke pitches, but cost him to this point runs. Not happy with the lineup – why Boesch is in there I will never know. Weak weak weak at bats can’t hardly stand this.
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Whatever good feelings I had regarding the month of September and their winning play (not counting today 15 – 11 record) has all been lost. And todays announcements don’t make me feel much better.

To me, the fact that they are going to stick Coke as the #4, a guy who blows leads like it’s his vocation, shows that they are not thinking about winning.

Adam Dunn as a #4 would be good for any team, but it seems like a hype move. Another sign that winning is not the priority,

I think they need to move things around in a way that allows them to go find a #3 starter, a really good #3 starter, and make Porcello#4.

I do think Inge is a good asset to the team, he is as good as it gets defensively, and while he is not a hitting powerhouse, he is a Major League hitter. It is worth keeping him and he wants to deal. The only reason to dish him would be to use him as pitcher bait, and they don’t have that luxury.

So it is disappointing, because you have to have pitching, but they are leaving a hole there in Coke.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Status quo. Everything is going to remain the same for next year. Period.

Maggs will not come cheaper than Dunn…
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Peralta did not look to cost the team all that much on defense despite his advertised lack of range. He drives in runs and has some pop. Certainly will positively affect more games than he negatively affects and is a much better option for 2011 than Worth/Santiago/Everett/Dlugach and can still be traded for prospects if we are out of it by the break next year for some reason.
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Inge coming back is not the end of the world because he is an excellent 3B and is not a black hole at 3B. There are just not going to be many good 3B available…Beltre could be renewed by Red Sox or likely will get a massive contract somewhere, and everyone has to remember how he played the last time that happened…
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Ordonez coming back at DH or part-time OF could be ok now that we know Damon isn’t going to be back. Boesch needs time in AAA and Wells and Raburn could make for an excellent bench option in any particular game they do not start. This assumes a big signing/trade for an OF/DH of course. Dunn?
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Not sold on Coke in the rotation. Not sold on Sizemore/Rhymes at 2B if no other big bat and with re-signing of Inge/Peralta. Avila hit well enough down the stretch that I am fine with him as starter if we can get a solid big-league quality backup (I don’t mean St. Pierre or Rabelo or anyone like that) – how about Ramon Castro?
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Bye-bye Bonderman. Good riddance Laird. Thanks for the interesting offseason Johnny, sorry you lost it on the field and enjoy going back to KC or whoever will actually give you a job.
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We can expect more of the same next year, but if we get a Dunn, some relievers and a starter and some of the young guys continue to play as they have, we should be able to stay competitive again. Doesn’t sound like Illitch is gonna follow through on the “I wanna be like Yanks/Red Sox” talk, though, so probably another nail-biter season.

Well MCab got the RBI championship. A-rod grounded out to 3rd to end the game with a runner on 3rd.
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Glad to see that outcome!!!
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Schlereth looks like a good bet next year don’t he?
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Must admit Two-Oh Thomas came on a lot better at the end.
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I hope they aren’t serious about Bonine, Miner or Seay. In fact I think Seay is out for next year again isn’t he?
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Mistake to let Polanco walk. We need Maggs healthy bat. Inge and Paralta and Rhymes? We can probably win with them. Boesch needs mechanical work on swing-he could become leathal again at bat. The guy who said we need a strong #3 starter is totally right-Porcello is a good #4. A Joe Nathan type in bullpen would be worth 8-10 games for us. I feel that after the heady days of 06′ we wasted 50 mil, and now we are paying penance. If and I say If this team has a chance we must invest in a REAL TOP SHELF TALENT FOR THE PEN.

Rod speaking of Thomas, “He virtually took the ball each and every time he was called upon to pitch” It’s one of those expressions that, while it sounds ok, really makes no sense. What’s a relief pitcher going to say anyway? Ahh, gee coach, they’re killing us today, I think I’ll just sit this one out. Maybe tomorrow…………

Bondo not invited back. Damon not invited back. Peralta not invited back. Laird not invited back…. Inge maybe.

Now for Mr. D’s report card. Trading for A.J. solid move a great talent for yrs. to come. We liked Curtis a lot (miss his power) but it was a great move. Trading Maybin and other rookies for Cabrera/Willis turned out because Cabrera is a franchise player. Signing Willis 3 yrs. 30 mil. obviously bad. Now Damon is an extavagence at 7 mil? Why exactly did we pass on Pudge? Was 9- 10 mil too much for his 298 career avg. and rocket arm? Did he juice once upon a time? you bet your — he did so did 70% of league players. Was Laird a reasonable replacement? Was his 2-3 mil salary an inducement? You sign Sheffield for big cash-a player who wears his welcome out in 10 cities. Who tells the press 3 weeks in-that the reason latinos are so prevelant in majors, cause they don’t rock the boat like brothers. Alienate ownership/latin players in one session. Get hurt-result- 30 mil more down the toilet. But we dont have 7-8 mil for Polanco.Guillen and Bondo got nice contracts and spent a lot of time hurt- Zumi throws 100mph but cant consistently throw 3 pitches?Rodney leads relievers in walks. You’ve had a lot of talent and time Mr. D. what gives? Now for the love of Pete don’t let Maggs (310 hitter) slip away for Dunn (260) because he’s more affordable.And redeem yourself with a solid #3 starter and Nathan style closer who can pitch. Time to open the pizza purse-cause talent is pouring into Central. With Best wishes for sucessful team meetings-your biggest fan

Maggs will not come cheaper than Dunn…
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Peralta did not look to cost the team all that much on defense despite his advertised lack of range. He drives in runs and has some pop. Certainly will positively affect more games than he negatively affects and is a much better option for 2011 than Worth/Santiago/Everett/Dlugach and can still be traded for prospects if we are out of it by the break next year for some reason.
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Inge coming back is not the end of the world because he is an excellent 3B and is not a black hole at 3B. There are just not going to be many good 3B available…Beltre could be renewed by Red Sox or likely will get a massive contract somewhere, and everyone has to remember how he played the last time that happened…
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Ordonez coming back at DH or part-time OF could be ok now that we know Damon isn’t going to be back. Boesch needs time in AAA and Wells and Raburn could make for an excellent bench option in any particular game they do not start. This assumes a big signing/trade for an OF/DH of course. Dunn?
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Not sold on Coke in the rotation. Not sold on Sizemore/Rhymes at 2B if no other big bat and with re-signing of Inge/Peralta. Avila hit well enough down the stretch that I am fine with him as starter if we can get a solid big-league quality backup (I don’t mean St. Pierre or Rabelo or anyone like that) – how about Ramon Castro?
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Bye-bye Bonderman. Good riddance Laird. Thanks for the interesting offseason Johnny, sorry you lost it on the field and enjoy going back to KC or whoever will actually give you a job.
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We can expect more of the same next year, but if we get a Dunn, some relievers and a starter and some of the young guys continue to play as they have, we should be able to stay competitive again. Doesn’t sound like Illitch is gonna follow through on the “I wanna be like Yanks/Red Sox” talk, though, so probably another nail-biter season.

Excellent points eye of tiger. Especially on the Maggs/Dunn comparison. And had Polanco been around this season it would have made a HUGE difference. At least we get to watch Placido, Grandy, Marcus, and maybe Infante, and Jurrjens in the playoffs.

They are keeping the guys I thought they would keep.
But I think Bondo and Armando will be gone also. If Scherzer or Verlander get hurt next year we are screwed. So I am looking for Dombrowski to surprise us with some move to get a starting pitcher.

Mr. D (cont.)- My informed opinion on B. Boesch is that this kid out of the gate gave the most amazing rookie hitting display I can remember. The kid is cocking his bat and behind the pitch. INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE. They’ll starighten him out. This kid hitting right, with Maggs and Cabrera is worth making a priority. My informed opinion-DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET THIS KID HITTING RIGHT.

My second very strongly made reccommendation is to sign Maggs. Period end of discussion. He’s a bargain at 15 mil. We dont sign him someone in central will and we’ll be smarting worse than from letting Pudge, Infante,Jackson,Polanco go. Again, to win in ’11. Sign Maggs,straighten Boesch out and put them next to Cabrera in 4-5-6.

My third reccomendation; send your scouts all over the Earth to agressively identify and sign the next Eckersleys and Gossages and and the best of the best LIGHTS OUT NO EXCUSES STOPPERS AND LONG RELIEVERS. Pay them and sign them.IT’s the best $ Mr. Illitch will ever spend. START IMMEDIATLY. Think Joe Nathan as a model. Give bonus incentives to scouts to find talent.

Frankly If you sign Maggs. and get an insurance policy for Valverde and Pen(in form of great reliever), Fix Boesch now b4 spring training. And realize that Porcello has what it takes but is #4 starter at best. Look what E.Jackson and Garcia did for Chisox. Nathan and Putz in Minnesota. What do you think KC and Cleveland have up sleeve?Mr. Dombrowski rehab Guillen Maggs and Boesch and you are good offensively. Put your wad on pitching, pitchin #3 starter get another Edwin Jackson in rotation. If you want get a catcher who can hit.Maybe Boesch or Wells could convert?
Sincerly your Best Fan West of Mississippi

At first blush, it looks like management has some good ideas and some bad ones. I suspect that some trades will change these plans. I’m not sure why they’re pulling the trigger on the public announcement so soon.
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Trying to bring back Ordonez at a reduced and short contract is good, IF it can be done. That remains to be seen. And is this Ordonez AND a bat, or Ordonez OR a bat?
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Planning on Inge AND Peralta for the left side of the infield is bad. If you look at their offensive stats, they’re very similar. You Peralta supporters are just signing off on an Inge clone, offensively speaking. Hope you realize that. I don’t think we can compete with both of them on the left side, especially when you factor in Rhymes, whom I like quite a bit.
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I think both Sizemore and Boesch would make handsome trade bait. Brennan is just not a very good ballplayer but the rest of the world might not realize that yet. The Baltimore announcer had him for ROY today, believe it or not. Boesch looks like another Matt Joyce to me. Why JL played him on a regular basis for half a season at .165 and no other skills will remain a mystery to me. Sizemore is not the type to build on. We can get a return on those two, either packaged or separately. And if you doubt that, remember that we passed on JJ Putz because we didn’t want to give up Larish and Joyce. Where are they now?
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It’s early yet. Man, is it early. At this point, I see another 82-83 win team with what they’re selling us right now.
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–Rich

At this point in time, Dave probably doesn’t want to take any risks with only 1 year left on his contract. IMHO, putting Boesch in RF is a huge risk.
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Magglio will probably not sign right away with any team until he shows his ankle is OK and he’ll probably want more than 1 year.
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I’m not a huge Inge fan so am disappointed that he will be here for multi years. Wanted to see someone young and fast and could hit. Not to be.
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I’ll miss Johnny Damon. He’s a great team mate.

Oh, and Dunn has said repeatedly he does not want to DH. His name keeps getting dropped endlessly but he has openly stated he doesn’t want to just DH not unless you want to get rid of Miguel.

First of all I think it may be time to flip Boesch for a starting pitcher like we did with Joyce for Jackson. We could evern include Sizemore in the package if needed.
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Second we must add at least 2 relief pitchers. Preferably 1 righty & 1 lefty. I would love to see Grant Balfour & Scott Downs in these roles.
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Third do what it takes to sign Crawford. The money is there so make it happen. The guy is a perfect fit for Comerica Park in every way imaginable.
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Fourth resign Maggs for 1 year with incentives for around 8 million. His veteran presence in the lineup is sorely needed.
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If these moves happen the Tigers will contend despite the coaching staff.
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2011 Lineup:
1. Jackson (CF)
2. Rhymes (2B)
3. Crawford (LF)
4. Cabrera (1B)
5. Ordonez (RF)
6. Guillen (DH)
7. Peralta (SS)
8. Avila (C)
9. Inge (3B)

Rotation:
1. Verlander
2. Scherzer
3. Lilly
4. Porcello
5. Coke

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Bullpen:
Oliver (long relief)
Perry, Schlereth, Balfour (middle relief)
Zumaya, Downs (set-up)
Valverde (closer)
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These moves are all possible & the money is there. The rotation gets 2 lefties. The offense gets 4 lefty bats on most nights with a speed upgrade from Crawford & Rhymes. Maybe not the best lineup but still a much needed upgrade. Any thoughts?

Where you gonna put Carlos?

I am disappointed that DD made those statements. He has always gone about his business without giving away his thoughts and plans. I think by saying what he did he has severely restricted his negotiating positions.
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For the person who has been hoping for the Tigers to finish 16th in overall standings in order not to lose their #1 draft pick when they sign a type A free agent, what happens now? The way I read it they are tied with Oakland for 15th place. How will that be decided assuming they even try to sign a type A free agent?

Carlos Guillen is a DH only at this point and if he feels otherwise then pay him his money and cut him loose.
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Heck I would lean towards cutting Guillen already. His perception of his own skills far surpass his actual ability.
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I think short-term contracts are the way to go except for Crawford who deserves a long-term deal.
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I will be ecstatic if DD has the guts to cut Guillen, Jim, Lloyd, Gene & Rafael. This would clear the air once & for all.

Illinoisfan,
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Over the years, Dave has said lots of things with a straight face and things turned out just the opposite. He may just be putting out there what he knows we already have. Something might turn up in the off-season to change his mind. You never know!

Mr. D. (cont.)Trade for a quality starter-like Joyce for Ed Jackson. Pray that we can come to terms with a healthy Maggs. Send B.Boesch to triple A. This kid straightened out is worth every effort-we trade him and someone else will straighten him out-
Peralta and Inge won’t hurt us.Lack of frontline pitching will. Look at 2006 3.51 era. Perhaps dh could be resolved with a healthy Guillen. Before we trade for anybody, consider what vets like Kenny Rogers and Pudge meant to rotation in 06′.
Mr. D spend your wad on another 14-16 gamer with era under 3.75 before you even go near a Dunn deal. .BEFORE YOU PULL THE TRIGGER ON ANY OTHER MOVE. A frontline 4 with a proven winner in rotation aside from Justin will catalyze this team.
The only problem with the Scherzer move was we gave up Jackson.I say this especially in light of fact that we wasted Miller/lost Bondo/Bought too much hype on Zumi/observed Valverde crack. Realized Perry is another Wunderkind brought up too early like Porcello. We never give run support to Gallarga.Traded our top relievers last year.Had to send 3 of our starting 5 to minors part of season-really? WHERE IS THE MORALE-ANCHOR-LEADERSHIP- of this pitching staff? Now I speak with almost 40 years of observations. If you and Knappy don’t get serious in a big way real quick with this staff-all of you will be on the outside looking in soon.Considering what could have should have been.I repeat REGARDLESS OF COKE/MINER SCHLERATH-YOU NEED 2 TOP SHELF AQUISITIONS ON THIS PITCHING STAFF-GUYS WHO HAVE WON AT HIGHEST LEVELS.
After and only after you’ve accomplished this should you trade for a replacement for PUDGE.This team hit 270 without Polanco/Maggs/Hot hitting Boesch. Avila needs a strong hitting teamate who catches. Also to repeat-as much as Boras rankles you-sign Maggs. He has hit over 300 including a batting title here. Like Polly and Pudge he”s earned consideration. Fix Brennan it wont cost a thing. You’re home if you do this -like this
To recap in this order-shore up starting rotation with 2 strong starters,perhaps Coke or Schlerath can be one of them. Next trade for a solid reliever to shore up relievers. Next find a confident winner who can hit to back up catcher.Perhaps just perhaps Wells or Boesch could be converted? Stranger things have happened. Fix Boesch in Instructionals-he’s gonna be great one day-that day should be with Tigers. Then consider whether Guillen could contribute as main DH.
Frankly I really like Inge/Peralta/RhymesCabrera with a solid hitting back up for Alex at catcher.Maggs/A.J/wells/Kelly as a solid foundation for outfield.
AS always consider these comments in the spirit they were given- A true desire to see this club as perrenial World Champs. Your Biggest Fan

Even allowing for Maggs coming back on $12m, payroll will drop from $136.3m to $91.4m.
Acquiring a second aging but experienced catcher and three low cost and one high cost relief pitching positions takes the payroll to around $99m.
Apart from a power bat that has to be able to field with the likes of Carlos, Maggs and Boesch around, this team will not compete unless they gain one experienced starter.
I also hope we can gain a #3 starter to provide some quiet leadership and experience and wanted to go after Lilly this year even though we were fading fast.
That would put the payroll around the $120-125m mark

Swami says- Sign Maggs”career 300 hitter”He won batting title hit over 300 every year-broke his ankle hustling-pay the man compared to Sheffield and DTrain this a blue chip investment.
Number two-consider Justin and Scherzer as a good 1-2 and Porcello as a #3 Bondo gone. Schlereth -Coke -Gallarga as competiors for a #5 slot. Therefore we have no #4 here. Just 3 potential #5’s. Got this? Therefore how great an idea to invest in another experienced low ERA veteran first. Ala Kenny Rogers- FIRST. When this team won in 06′ KR and Pudge were two confident vets with tools who won at highest levels-they made a huge difference. The ERA was 3.51 or so. Thats what we should never lose site of.
Therefore find a sleeper vet whos won at highest level whos not a head case/canidate for surgery. BUY A GOOD #4 STARTER FIRST . WATCH THE FIRE THIS LIGHTS UP among starters.

Three- why in the name of Pete did we let Pudge go -why oh why? Didnt Pudge hit/ Didnt he handle Staff well?Didnt he have a rocket for arm? Did he have a temper?well yes .Did recriminations abound about juicing in past-well yes. But he was clean and important to PITCHING STAFF.We let him go for a reliever who we already had let go -who gave up a dozen homers in 6 relief appearances. OK lets not point fingers endlessly-But realise we need a quality vet who can hit over 270 to share catching duties with A.Avila. Its poor judgement to enter season with too many broken vets/rookies in Battery position -capische Mr.DD? My General Manager is fond of saying that the catching position is the 6th starter. How wise he is.

Fourth- Bullpen needs the same thing that Rotation needs- a strong mentally tough arm -ala Joe Nathan-ala Krod-ala JJ Putz(in Seattle days). To Lead the Morale and performance of the most important unit of the team-the Pen. Let your fantasies about Zumi go- healthy he never consistently threw 3 pitches.He’s hurt constantly because he is throwing too hard -compensating for lack of pitching skill. How many times in 5 seasons did Zumi walk batters to 2 or more on base in late inning relief? This kid was the victim of our own hype and lack of patience with farm arms. End of discussion. Big question-will Perry/Bonine/Valverde/Schlereth get stronger with a quality Pen leader-you betcha. Will they continue to get hurt and lose confidence w/o a quality addition-you betcha. SIGN A QUALITY RELIEVER-BEFORE YOU EVEN GO NEAR A POWER BAT.
5th-Your infield is set- Inge(scrappy-excellent D)/Perhalta/Rhymes/Cabrera. With Santiago,Worth, Kelly,Guillen etc as alternates.Alex and a power bat backup catching. Maggs/AJ/Raburn/Kelly/Boesch /Wells in outfield.

6th as this is most important piece of the puzzle. Guillen is no defensive player really-DH HIM he hits 280-300 healthy with power. He’s perfect there when you gotta have an infielder there he is.Tada. Forget Dunn. Maggs career batting avg must be 45 points higher than Dunn. IF YOU WANT TO WIN MR. D. GO AFTER QUALITY ARMS FIRST. THEN A MENTOR FOR AA. AND THEN. SIGN MAGGS. MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH TO STRAIGHTEN OUT BB BEFORE WE WASTE HIM. AJ/Rhymes/maggs/cabrera/guillen/boesch or wells/peralta/inge/avila or new catcher. This will stack up favorably in Central. Quality Arms-QUALITY ARMS

Just a thought why the —- hasnt the batting coach fixed Boesch in 8 weeks? Whats so hard about identifying and correcting his problem. Its clear to any trained eye what he’s doing -but seriously why cant Leyland and staff correct it? This is really a good question.

Guillen is our DH if he can keep from straining his overtaught tendons. He hit 280-310. He’s no defensive ace

Schlereth has a future here.

The way I’m counting we have 3 starters and 3 competitors for a another position.

We need a veteran ace in rotation in addition to anything we do with Coke/Schlereth/Gallarga. Think 6mil for a “Kenny Rogers” type to stabilize the rotation. I am serious.

Frankly I never had a lot of faith in Zumi-I like the —out of him but he was never close to a complete package. He overthrows and he’s hurt constantly.

Despite this fact and all the turnover in the pen in recent seasons, I like our pen now better than any season since 06′. BUT and this is crucial especially because either Coke or Schlereth will enter rotation, we need to SIGN a strong reliever who can really pitch-not just throw 98.Valverde is valuable, Perry will be great, but we must spend REAL bucks on a quality RELIEVER with 4 solid pitches.This is vital to winning on road and winning division.

Lastly but not least- replace Pudge. a solid hitting catcher with great arm to mentor Alex and bring added strength to rotation. 6-7 mil here. 12 mil for Maggs. 6-7 for a veteran starter and 4-5 for a reliever. Guillen at DH . And a new hitting coach maybe for all the Brenan Boeschs that we bring up too early.
Mr. D have mercy on me -I am getting older and so are you. Measure twice cut once.

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