Tigers Talk: Avila, Raburn, Ordonez, Inge, Boesch

The Tigers made quite a bit of noise yesterday, declining to pick up Magglio Ordonez's option and announcing that they would not pursue Cliff Lee or another top tier free agent starting pitcher, among several other things. John Lowe of The Detroit Free Press has some more today…

  • First base (Miguel Cabrera) and centerfield (Austin Jackson) are the only positions set in stone for next year, and they plan to fill several others from within. Alex Avila (.228/.316/.340 in 333 plate appearances) will take over as the starting catcher, and Ryan Raburn (.280/.340/.474 in 410 PA) will essentially have a full-time outfield job. Second base will also be filled from within, with Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore representing the early favorites. Once he returns from knee surgery, Carlos Guillen is expected to be a "jack of all trades."
  • The Tigers do have interest in bringing Ordonez back, presumably at a rate much lower than the $15MM option they declined. That could fill the hole at designated hitter.
  • Dave Dombrowski acknowledged that Brandon Inge's defense is why they want him back, but they feel he can chip in double digit homers as well. Yesterday we heard that the two sides were discussing a multi-year contract.
  • Brennan Boesch, who hit .163/.237/.222 in the second half after a .342/.397/.593 first half, will "have to step up" like any young player who wants a full-time job according to the GM.
  • Dombrowski told Tom Gage of The Detroit News that he wants to add a middle-of-the-order bat, and he would prefer it to be a lefthanded hitter (Twitter link). Cabrera led the league with 32 intentional walks, so finding him some protection is a must. Some notable lefty bats that will be on the free agent market: Adam Dunn, Russell Branyan, Brad Hawpe, and Hideki Matsui, though all of those guys are defensively challenged. 


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66 Comments on "Tigers Talk: Avila, Raburn, Ordonez, Inge, Boesch"


myname_989
4 years 10 months ago

I sure hope Dave Dombrowski is posturing to the media. There is no reason in the world that he should be comfortable with Alex Avila and Carlos Guillen / Scott Sizemore as solid starters, especially with Victor Martinez on the market. Making a splash to trade for and extend a guy like Dan Uggla would be wise as well, and they have a history of dealing with the Marlins. Lots of work to be done.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 10 months ago

I really like the Dan Uggla trade idea. He’d be a nice addition and add some much needed protection for Cabrera, but I think the asking price would be rather steep, wouldn’t it?

Mudhens
4 years 10 months ago

I agree. It would not be very smart to say how much you want to get some players that are not FAs.

Dunn as the designated hitter would be a great acquisition for the Tigers since they are unlikely to get Crawford. Though I would not mind both:)

Perhaps they will try and trade for Napoli as well.

AZalltheway
4 years 10 months ago

Would Scott Sizemore plus Bobby Seay get it done?

jphenix2002
4 years 10 months ago

That trade is impossible. Seay is a FA and on top of that he is already out for 2011.

airohpue13
4 years 10 months ago

LOL

4 years 10 months ago

I think the Tigers let Maggs walk and pursue a full-time left DH like Matsui, Branyan, or even Thome even though I think he ends up back with the Twins. Regardless if they’re building from within or not, they need to dip into this year’s free agent market for catchers to improve there.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t understand, so much money coming off of the books, so many options, and he’s making it sound like we’re going to field a contender with the same team that hovered around .500 all year. I hope he’s just downplaying the media attention and really piecing together a plan to nab Werth, a key no. 3 starter, a few big relievers, and Ordonez or Adam Dunn, because unless that happens, I don’t see them overcoming the Twins or White Sox next year. I don’t mind having Inge back and Peralta at short, but if you want to tell me Avila and Raburn are going to be regulars next year, you’re going to have a tough time convincing me this team is a contender next year.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

I totally agree except on raburn-when he’s given a full time position the guy performs. He just can’t seem to figure out pitching when he is coming off the bench. Plus filling RF with raburn gives you the money to get Crawford who I believe is #1 on dombrowski’s list

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 10 months ago

I guess he has proved himself of sorts over the past two years offensively, he was pretty good in 2009 and his second half in 2010 was electric but his defense is horrendous…perhaps a spring training project for him??

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Well if they do get Crawford then he and Jackson will be more than capable of covering for his defensive handicap. Plus, if you just stick him in one position and leave him there I am sure he will improve. Offensively, the guy has been fantastic when he is given a daily role and he is only 28. I say throw him against the wall and see if he can prove that he belongs in the lineup all year. If not, RF isn’t a hard position to fill with a trade or even internally. I know boesch fell off the map but he proved he can be a more than adequate defensive right fielder and has a canon for an arm

airohpue13
4 years 10 months ago

Boesch has a canon for an arm, but his range and concentration in the outfield are mediocre at best. I saw him botch many routine plays this year.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Rookie mistakes. His range is really good he just has to learn better paths to take getting to fly balls. He’s got really good speed but I agree, he does have A LOT to learn when it comes to reading and tracking down balls but as far as his range goes, he can cover ground. He’s got incredible speed for his size.

4 years 10 months ago

Reverse standings is wrong. It should be marlins 14, brewers 15, Dodgers 16, Angels 17. As a heads up.

Tigerfan93
4 years 10 months ago

Dombrowski does this every offseason. “We won’t be big players” or, “We want to build from within.” I don’t buy it anymore. Don’t forget, Illitch likes to make decisions. With over $70mil, these needs will not all be filled from within.

rbeezy
4 years 10 months ago

I would be shocked if they don’t re-sign maggs and add another big time bat. Dunn would be perfect but I could also see Vmart dhing and catching part time. Alot of money will go to the pen , downs ,putz and frasor would be a good fit. They’ll also get another starter and I imagine De la rosa is high on their list. Raburn deserves a full time gig to prove he can do it , sizemore just started to come on when he was healthy at the end of the year. These moves would make them a serious contender.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 10 months ago

V-Mart and Dunn together would force one or the other to the DH spot obviously, and there is no way in hell you would even want to see Dunn attempt to play LF in Comerica

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah, if the Tigers get V-Mart they don’t really need Dunn. Can hit Victor behind Cabrera and be fine. If they do that, a guy like Branyan would be perfect. Someone who doesn’t need to (or probably can’t) play 162 games. Can DH him against all righties and sit him against some tough lefties, allowing Victor (or Cabrera) to slide to DH for some games.

4 years 10 months ago

Nope sorry Dombrowski. I can’t/won’t believe this. I know you’re just posturing the media because no way Mike Illitch let’s you get away with those comments.

4 years 10 months ago

The Tigers DESPERATELY need to upgrade their starting rotation. Failure to do so would be just gross negligence, but something that DD is completely capable of. This team ranked 12th in the league in team ERA, and the rotation was no better. They were no better in the second half, either. $ 34 million is coming off the books that is presently allocated to starting pitchers. They need help, and Phil Coke isn’t the answer. Coke is the one set up man that they do have, and they’re short another set up man. Remove Coke from the pen, and they need two guys to help with late inning duty. Wait, lemme guess- DD will rely on Zumaya! Leyland likes Perry!

In terms of the lineup, it’s not enough to replace Ordonez with “an RBI bat”, let Damon walk, and call it a day. They’re standing pat at SS, standing pat at 3B, standing pat at 2B, letting Damon go, maybe bringing Magglio back, starting Avila behind the plate with his .228 average, and calling Raburn a key component. Doesn’t sound like any upgrades are in store for the lineup, either.

danks50
4 years 10 months ago

I really think the Tigers make a strong run at Dunn. Would love him on my White Sox however they have a ton of cash coming off the books and I’m guessing they would be interesting in getting MCab some big time protection.

Probably another starter would make sense as well.

TigerWings
4 years 10 months ago

We need Cliff Lee (badly), Victor Martinez, a hitting coach to tell our guys to stop swinging at the first pitch, Rhymes at 2nd (he’s earned it), Boesch to AAA to get a hitting approach other than “see the ball, hit the ball,” Maggs @ DH, and to cut Guillen. With Seay, Coke, Zoom, and Papa Grande, we might be able to make a run. However, the big hurdle is Leyland’s inability to have teams that hold up over the second half — none of his teams historically have ever done squat in the second half of any season under him. He also has to get the team to perform on the road because that is where we lost the race. 29-52 on the road is pathetic, one of the worst records in baseball. We were swept twice in Cleveland!! Regrettably, this needs to be Jim’s last year.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 10 months ago

Jim’s a good manager, he just doesn’t have enough quality pieces to the puzzle. They should go hard after Dunn and and a second tier bat if they cannot afford another first tier bat.

IHateJoeBuck
4 years 10 months ago

Seay is a FA and reportedly done for 2011, relying on Zumaya is just dumb, and they want to transition Coke to a SP. That leaves… Valverde, who struggled in the 2nd half. The SP will be fine without Lee if you add a Pavano/Westbrook type to give a solid 1-4 in the rotation with Galarraga/Oliver for the 5th spot.

Cutting Guillen makes no sense because they owe him a ridiculous $13M next year. He’s untradeable because of the contract and lack of performance. Just have to hope he can stay healthy in a utility role so he can still provide some value to the team next year.

4 years 10 months ago

If the Tigers aren’t going to go after Carl Crawford or Cliff Lee, and they’re not, I’d rather see DD try to swing a trade for David DeJesus or Josh Willingham, or Luke Scott, and one of the G Men (Greinke, Garza, Guthrie, Gonzalez), or Arroyo for the rotation. I’d rather see him take a run at Mike Napoli than John Buck or V Mart. It would take talent to get these guys, but maybe not so much in every case. I’d include Oliver in a package for Garza, no sweat. Turner for Greinke? Yep. Boesch for DeJesus? in a heart beat.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 10 months ago

Napoli is actually a option they should seriously consider, he MAY be offered by the Angles at a relatively low asking price since he is out of favor there anyway

IHateJoeBuck
4 years 10 months ago

I love the idea of Napoli. He isn’t great defensively but has proven that he can hit in a limited role with the Angels. That would give Avila time to develop by starting 2 games a week and keeping both fresh.

jphenix2002
4 years 10 months ago

Dombrowski just doesn’t want to play his hand. Detroit will nab at least one significant FA this offseason, though luring multiple to the team may be tough without overspending.

The_Porcupine
4 years 10 months ago

The free agent crop is so thin this year, alot of players are going to be grossly overpayed. So it might not be a bad idea to sidestep the big name players (though Crawford in their park would be awesome). I like the idea of filling out the rotation with a DeLaRosa or Westbrook type pitcher. I don’t like his plans on offense since it sounds so much like the same mix and match lineup that Leyland kept putting out late in the season. Do you really want to gamble that Boesch, Sizemore, Avilia, etc. are anything more than an easy out as everyday players? They might be good role players, but I wouldn’t bank on them to be particularily effective in supporting Cabrera in the the lineup. And I’m not sure Inge’s defense is worth his offensive short comings. There are alot of lineup holes and that’s assuming that A. Jackson isn’t a fluke. The Tigers need to bring in 2 solid run producers and then fill in with the available pieces remaining on the team. I like resigning Ordonez to DH, but they need more offense somewhere. And I don’t think they have it already in house.

missyae
4 years 10 months ago

No way they get Crawford, yeah sure C.C wants to go to ‘Detroit”. Hey, Damon, Boston not looking too bad now eh? What city do you rape next?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 10 months ago

If the White Sox miss out on Dunn this winter, it would be nice to see him back on a one year deal where it all started for him.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

If this was mentioned already I apologize (but didn’t see it in the mass of posts)….

But reports are out there that Iltch is buying the Detroit Pistons here in the next few weeks/months. If this is true (and is sounds it), it could really cut into his ability to splurge on the Tigers.

Not saying he can’t afford the Pistsons on top of the Tigers (and Wings)….but maybe this is one reason they’re saying $35M to spend vs $70M…..

Just something to keep in mind.

TigerWings
4 years 10 months ago

Mr. Pizza has just bought the Pistons as of tonight!

4 years 10 months ago

Basically they need a #3 starter, one corner OF bat, and one c/DH.

People that think they have a shot at Cliff Lee are dreaming. He’s getting Sabathia money from the Yanks, who really need him. They don’t need Crawford nearly that bad, however, and the Tigers need Crawford much more than they need Lee.

I’d go up to 5 or 6 years at $16-21 million to get Crawford. No joke.

I think the success of this offseason will be based entirely on whether they get Crawford or not. Werth is a poor poor substitute.

TigerWings
4 years 10 months ago

Disagree with you. We need Lee more than Crawford. We have young, but good, outfielders. What we need is a shutdown #2 lefty starter. In fact I’d consider Lee #1 over Verlander right now. We get him, with JV, and with Scherzer, and we are set.

airohpue13
4 years 10 months ago

Tigers should at least call the mets (once they get a gm) and see if Jose Reyes is available. Maybe the mets will want to move him before he hits the open market.

Legend123
4 years 10 months ago

Is it just me or do I see a lot of ex-Tigers in the finals now. Um. lets see, there is Granderson, Thames, Joyce, Polanco & a few others who are now hitting like madmen, could it be our hitting coach may not be the best? Ganderson is on a real tear since a few changes to his batting. We couldn’t have done that for him & the others we dumped? Just asking.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 10 months ago

I think it’s a little early to give Dombroski the cold shoulder. He’s still got the whole offseason. I’m hoping this isn’t what he plans on doing, but if it is what ends up happening, I’ll gladly add him to my not invited list as well.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

You know what I’m going to say! haha.

4 years 10 months ago

The Detroit Free Press is guessing that Tigers will go into the offseason with around $35 million to spend on new players and considering they have a host of issues spread out, they can’t go overboard. Also, they believe (and I agree) there is already a lot of talent on the team.

4 years 10 months ago

Tigers fell out of contention because of injuries. They are a decent team and people expect the likes of Boesch to have rebound seasons next year. The Free Press consolidated all the prices together and having $35 million to spend in the offseason wouldn’t be a huge drop off from last season’s payroll. Illitch is a wildcard owner and he may go overboard with spending on a client if he doesn’t feel the team is good enough for next season, but the free agent pool isn’t very deep this offseason. I believe most of the desired players will be gone by the time Illitch gets a late winter urge to spend money like he did on Johnny Damon. If we are a month or so away from spring training, I’m not sure there will be anyone out there who the Tigers believe can put them over the hump.

What I believe will be in play is an unlikely trade involving some huge names. That is a better possibility.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Agreed. I think dd is just blowing smoke because illitch has said time and time again that he will pay whatever he has too for a world series. He was so close in 06 that I doubt he cuts the payroll especially with the pieces he has in place now

4 years 10 months ago

First off, the Tigers themselves are saying they won’t go after the big names most people want them to go after. Jason Werth is a possibility, but he’s a big drop off after Carl Crawford and the Tigers won’t pursue Crawford. I’m not sure I am excited at the idea of over paying for Werth. Am I saying they will not go after anyone? Of course not, but I think they will only go after a few significant candidates (with Ted Lilly probably being the most profile name possibility) but what may happen is that who they land may not get Detroit brass and fans excited and if that’s the case, I don’t expect them to do a Johnny Damon kind of deal like they did last year. They learned their lesson with that.

For me, what is more possible is that they will do a trade after the new year. They may make some major prospects available and they could get a few huge players. Otherwise, I think they will get players to help surround the best of what they already have.

And yes, I am a Tigers fan. I’m not sure if Brennan Boesch will be a huge talent anymore, but I’m also not writing him off either. The difference between his first half and second half is so huge that I think it has to be more be mechanic based and it can be hugely improved upon going into the next season. You don’t have that great of a difference and it just be a regression in talent where you can never find it again. But the mechanic issue could have become psychological by now and it may be permanent. Either way, to judge him definitively right now isn’t too smart, but I understand how everyone with the Tigers are optimistic.

TheBigNice
4 years 10 months ago

No, I think he’s on the right track. I bet the Tigers are more interested in developing what they have than spend a ton now on contracts that may restrict their spending over the next few years. Just because they have a big chunk of money coming off the books doesn’t mean they’re going to spend like they it. This team is being built around Cabrera and the starting pitching core. Tee current starting 3 and Cabrera are under team control until at least 2014. But you’ll have Cabrera and Verlander accounting for 40M in salary alone, so they’ll need that financial flexibility. Next year will be better, but it looks like DD is aiming for the stars to align in 2012 and a few years beyond. He wouldn’t be looking to bring back Inge or Peralta next year if the Tigers were in full win-now mode, I don’t believe. I think they’ll still look for a big bat, but they won’t lock themselves into a contract for more the 2-3 years unless they somehow trade for a young power bat. I see the Tigers going for a trade, for either a power bat or front-line starter to avoid the long-term deals that any premier free agent will demand. Or perhaps I’m wrong and illich opens the bank. Who knows with him. But I see this Team continuing to aquire cheaper young talent and striking while he iron is really hot. Plus, they can’t keep spending like they have, the Tigers have been losing money every year since 2007.

4 years 10 months ago

True. Hopefully I’m wrong about Crawford and Adam Dunn isn’t their top level for potential signing interest.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Crawford is their ‘must get’. If they put Crawford in left, they figure that between him and Jackson will be the foundation of the best outfield in the majors. ‘middle order left-handed bat’ they said–well Crawford would bat second and be that lefty

$1519287
4 years 10 months ago

Fields, Oliver, F. Martinez, Furbush, Strieby, Smyly, Gaynor, a healthy Crosby. They have a good amount of nice pieces but very few great pieces (like the 2 you listed). But even the nice pieces are enough to land a good ML player when you package some of them together.

4 years 10 months ago

Have you opened the thread? No comments allowed and at the time this thread was on top.

$1519287
4 years 10 months ago

I’ll give you the health reasons surrounding Strieby. But the rest of them in my opinion are good prospects. Nothing great but good. F. Martinez most likely wont have the power in him that you want at 3rd but he does everything else very well for his age at the current level of competition he is facing.

Oliver i think will become a good middle-back end starter. He has to learn how to control his pitches, but everything i have read. He has the ability to turn into a good ML SP.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Since when is batting 2nd considered the middle of the lineup? They need a guy like Dunn BEHIND Cabrera, not just someone like Crawford in front of him (though Crawford would be a perfect fit in Detroit on numerous levels).

If the Tigers were able to pull off Crawford, Dunn, and say Pavano? That would be one heck of a winter. And probably could get down for around $35-40M. $17M for Crawford, $10-12M for Dunn, and $10M for Pavano.

Jackson, Crawford, Cabrera, and Dunn 1-2-3-4 in the lineup? eek. And Verlander, Pavano, Porcello, Scherzer 1-2-3-4 in the rotation?

The AL Central is going to be FUN to watch the next 5 years. Twins aren’t going away, Tigers have money to spend, White Sox are if nothing else a team that will make moves (peavy, Manny, etc) to make some noise, and the Indians and Royals have some of the best young talent in baseball.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

I hope to god they don’t sign Dunn. I know they need somebody behind Cabrera but if you have a solid 1-2-3-4 hitter it doesn’t natter who the 5 hitter because he will be protected to the heavens. Just look at what boesch did behind mags and cabbie. He was a mediocre hitter but they HAD to pitch to him and even crap hitters can hit the ball when they are given the pitch to hit. I think raburn given a full time position could fill the 5 hole just fine–I agree Crawford is perfect for Detroit and would make that outfield a dead zone and really hope that they take maglio as a dh over Dunn. Would love to see them get pavano(or Lilly). They don’t need a top starter-they already have 2 but another arm to sure up that ratation would be awesome

DutchTiger
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t understand this hype around signing Dunn. The guy strikes out more than Inge. Since Inge will be back you’ll have two guys in your line-up that will strike-out a third of their ab’s. That is way too many in my opinion. Sure Dunn hits a few home runs, but is that worth the LOB’s he’ll get for the strike-outs? How is he going to protect Cabrera with all his strike-outs? I’d rather see them sign a .300 hitter who’ll drive in runs than all-or-nothing guys like Dunn.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Westbrook would be a good add in Detroit. Also think Pavano could be a nice grab. Great season for him, and shows what he’s able to do in a pitchers park. Could be even better in Detroit.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 10 months ago

Phil Coke was a AWFUL setup man, did you not see the countless games he cost when he came in against lefties but they served up homers and the postseason last year he was garbage

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Um….Phil Coke threw 60 innings in 71 games….and gave up ONE homerun on the season. So not sure why you’re whining that he “served up homers”…..ONE homerun is not plural.

Lefites hit .245 off him this year with a 1.22 WHIP. Not great, but solid numbers for a lefty setup guy. His K/BB ratio was also greater than 3:1 against lefties.

Again, did YOU watch the Tigers play this year? lol. Yeah, wasn’t the best in NY but he had a solid season as as setup guy in Detroit this year.

airohpue13
4 years 10 months ago

Dunn may strike out a lot, but he has a good eye as shown by his .381 career .OBP.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Agreed. They should just keep maglio and go sign Crawford. I know Dunn is a lefty but I really don’t understand why people think he is the best hitter on the market

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Ajax, Crawford, mags, cabbieI think for the money you would spend on Dunn you should keep mags-Dunn is gonna cost the same and I don’t see him hitting for serious power in comerica. I think mags for 10 mil in the 3 hole is worth a lot more than Dunn in the 4 spot. Put people on base–cabbie will double to the wall and drive them all in. I don’t see Dunn being as productive as mags. He has way too many k’s and is god awful as a situational hitter

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

I’ll say it again–boesch wasn’t a fluke, he was protected to the gods with mags and cabbie. He wasn’t a great hitter but teams HAD to pitch to him with those two in front of him. I beleive raburn could bat .300 if he got the 5 spot due to the fact thatpitchers would have to attack him. I think a good hitter can be made a great hitter batting behind those two. Boesch is proof of that. He slumped when mags left because teams figured out they could pitch around him and didn’t have to go right at him

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Dunn is gonna cost at least that and he won’t hit .300(mags will) and won’t have 100rbis(mags will)
I agree that you’d be overpaying him but I’d rather them over pay a proven juggernaut in maglio than over pay an overrated Dunn

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

I agree with the rookie syndrome and usually take your side as it come to player judgement but I gotta disagree with Dunn over maggs. Maglio has almost the same on base percentage, better b.a., and is a much better situational hitter. I’d rather has maglio any day if the week

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

What??? Maglio has a lifetime b.a. of .313, has hit atleast 300 EVERY year in Detroit and is mister clutch in the playoffs. Maglio was the only reason there was game 163 while the rest if the team was choking and has hit one of the biggest walkers in Detroit history…how on earth are you going to say Dunn is more ‘proven’ when his best years are just te same as an average year for maglio??!!? There are very few active players that are more ‘proven’ than maglio

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah, $10M for Mags is ridiculous at this stage. Give me Dunn every day of the week and twice on Tuesdays for that money and over Ordonez. Dunn is SIX YEARS younger than Mags. Dunn is in his prime. He’ll only be 31 next year. Worst offensive year in a long time and still had a near .900 OPS. Yes, he strikes out, but he walks enough to make up for it and will give Cabrera way, WAY more protection than anyone else in the lineup. Plus it allows you to bat Cabrera 3rd and get his bat in the there during the 1st inning.

At this stage in his career, Mags is probably best suited for a part-time role versus being a full-time anything. Dunn >>>> Mags on offense. If you’re going to use Mags as a DH (and spend $10M on that), you might as well grab Dunn, especially if it doesn’t cost you a pick.

Mags wouldn’t be a bad backup….but you still then need someone to hit behidn Cabrera. Raburn or Boesch aren’t going to cut it. Teams will continue to just walk Cabrera and your offense will stall.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Best hitter on the market? No, that would be Crawford.

But Dunn is the best power hitter on the market. And would provide great protection for Cabrera.

Did Tigers fans not see how many times Cabrera was intentionally walked this year? It was sad how little punch that lineup had after Miggy.

If the Tigers want to take their team to the next level, they need to add a big time power/run producing bat behind Cabrera, period.

If they want to go cheap with Branyan or Thome (if they can pry him from the Twins) then so be it, but they need someone….and Dunn is the best of the 3 really unless people think Thome can replicate this year, which I don’t.

Pawsdeep
4 years 10 months ago

Dunn, mags, AND Crawford??
That’s the greatest idea I’ve ever heard of….I like it…

Legend123
4 years 10 months ago

Wait a minute, didn’t we give Damon $8 million & look how he produced. Magglio is a much better hitter & we all know it. We paid Damon for his name, not his abilities. Magglio has proven to still “have it”. For Magglio to come back in ’09 after such a slow start, he has proven that when not in jeopary of losing his young wife to cancer, he can still hit ’em out of the park.
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