Central Links: Tigers, Avila, Votto, Epstein

The Rangers and Tigers are playing Game Six of the ALCS tonight, and Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News looks at how the 1999 trade that sent Juan Gonzalez from Texas to Detroit is still helping the Rangers today. Here are some links from baseball's two central divisions…

  • Regardless of how the rest of their season plays out, David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press says the Tigers won't have many issues to address this winter. Second base and a left-handed starter figure to top their shopping list, and $23MM is coming off the books in the form of Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen.
  • Tigers assistant GM Al Avila has been mentioned as a GM candidate around the league, but ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says it's probably a long shot (all four Twitter links). "I'm very happy here,'' said Avila, who recently signed a four-year extension. "I have a great relationship with the ownership, and I've worked for [Dave Dombrowski] for 20 years.'' Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com says Avila's new contract prohibits him from interviewing for a GM job (on Twitter).
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Reds don't have to rush into a trade involving Joey Votto. They can wait until free agents Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols sign, which will give them an idea of what an extension for Votto would cost. It would also shed some light on potential trade suitors. GM Walt Jocketty recently shot down all the trade talk, however.
  • While we wait for the Cubs and Red Sox to agree on compensation for Theo Epstein, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun Times says the GM will have a much tougher time turning the Cubs around than he did Boston nine years ago.


24 Responses to Central Links: Tigers, Avila, Votto, Epstein Leave a Reply

  1. bosox21 4 years ago

    “the GM will have a much tougher time turning the Cubs around than he did Boston nine years ago.”
    Wow, best analysis I’ve ever seen. Theo took over a team that won 93 games in Boston. Talk about stating the obvious…

  2. Avila’s new contract prohibits him from interviewing for a GM job.
    Well what about a Player Development Job? Although, I doubt he’s going anywhere, they have a good program up there in Tiger Town.
    Just more propaganda from Charm City, I think some people just throw names out there for the heck of it. It’s like saying we had a shot to sign Victor Martinez.

  3. timmytwoshoezzz 4 years ago

    You can say one thing for sure about Walt Jocketty and the Reds this offseason.  They can’t crawl in a hole and hibernate till March like they did last year.  The team has too many holes to simply hand out a few extensions and go take a nap.

  4. forkball27 4 years ago

    It would be nice see the Tigers sign another SP to add to the rotation LHP would be nice. Some bull pen help would be nice too. I think the Tigers should stay with Ramon Santiago at second and try to get a hitting 3B (David Wright?) It would also be nice to see them get a solid OF as well. Not upgrading too much but what makes sense.

  5. mmwatkin 4 years ago

    I wish people would stop saying the Tigers have $23M coming off the books. That money is pretty much already spoken for by raises to other players and the arbitration eligible players

    • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

      But, Illitch came out and said there will be a payroll increase next year, and could be up to 140 million. So there should be some significant spending money for DD to go tighten up the bullpen and make a splash with another impact bat.

      Illitch wants a world series badly and seems to believe this team can do it. And he may be right. A true leadoff hitter and a little more depth to the bullpen could make this team very scary and illitch isn’t afraid to open up the checkbook.

      • mmwatkin 4 years ago

        All I read is that Ilitch said, “Could you imagine another big bat in the lineup”. Not sure how that equates to a guaranteed payroll increase to that level. Unless there is something else out there.

        Regardless, that is completely different than saying “$23M is coming off the books, spend some money.” If the Tigers don’t sign any FA and offer arbitration to all who are eligible, they will be at their 2011 opening day payroll.

        the David Mayo piece is just lazy journalism by someone who refuses to research the payroll sitaution

        • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

          It was in the Detroit free press and it was in tue same article as your quote. He said he will be increasing payroll to “continue to compete with teams like Boston, New York, and the increasing talent within our division”

          Not disagreeing with your opinion of Mayo, because you are correct; with options and arb, this teams payroll will be just slightly under their opening day payroll this year

  6. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    lol get off your high donkey.

    how many GM’s shoot down trade rumours of a player.. and then proceed to trade said player?? so I guess if a GM does that no one should report on it?

    and you’re on MLBTR why exactly? take a hike

  7. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Maybe he had nothing else to do on a Saturday night?

    Go Tigers!

    Edit: Ok… odds are they’re going to blow it now that I said that.

  8. Johnny Gardner 4 years ago

    How many people can’t spell “Rumors” especially when you had to be able to spell it to access this website.

  9. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    …Actually it is a correct spelling. It’s a way Canadians and Brits spell it.

  10. Next_2_Normal 4 years ago

    Or, there are some Canadians on this site, and they’re just spelling it the way they normally do.

  11. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    hahahaahah well done buddy, you’re sooooooo smart, I bet you got plenty of gold stars in school. 

    you would think someone who takes such an arrogant tone wouldn’t be so ignorant. bet your tail is between your legs right now.

  12. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

     love it.

  13. Fifty_Five 4 years ago

    Well yer still just plane wrong! Only us Amurricans spell rumors right

  14. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Whatever dude, speak American!

  15. Fifty_Five 4 years ago

    Woah there. Looks like gunsnnascar just hacked my account

  16. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    you ain’tn’t gettin’ compensation fer it neither

  17. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    well you certainly called them blowing it

  18. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I do when I’m drunk!

  19. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    I believe the phrase is “And how”

  20. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    What a coincidence… so do I. Of course I speak the same way when I’m sober

  21. FowlofCanada 4 years ago

    C’mon we can be honourable and neighbourly on this here MLB Trade Rumours site.  There’s no need to for bravado and letting egos writing cheques your body can’t cash.  Let’s settle down and break out a box of doughnuts from Timmie’s.  Over time we will all realise how much we have in common.

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