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  1. Well, if the Tigers didn't do their medical homework on him, shame on them. But I'll still wait to see the walk rate go down before I blame the virus for his problems.

    I'm sure the Tigers were aware of the medical reports. Sounds like s fluff piece trying to give hope that Al's bad year was a fluke. He hasn't exactly lit it up this spring thus far even with the improved health.

  2. He's attempting to paraphrase what I was saying.

    I'm not saying that Pelfrey isn't better than the bottom-level guys they threw out there...he certainly meets that meager test.

    Getting Pelfrey places even more of a premium on improving the lousy bullpen than already existed....they just made a tough job a lot tougher.

    But if the goal was to fill as May holes as possible operating under a fiscal budget (40 million?) without sacrificing future resources then this is not the awful move most are saying it is. Sure I would love more upside as well but I do believe a mid rotation guy would have cost us signing anymore relief help. Chen, Gallardo, and Iwakuma will get contacts north of 15 million a season.

    A trade would likely require parting with players that may help down the line for a team extremely top heavy with expensive contracts.

    I have loved our moves in the past but believed a lot of our short comings over the years had more to do with going all in on big ticket signings.

  3. so the owner wants to win and the owner approves all signings but this move doesn't help them win.

    so was the owner was lying, or is he dumb, or does this move actually help them win? has to be one or the three or he wouldn't have approved.

    How do you figure that??? If you combine Price/Verlander's second half Pelfrey's stat line would better than the production they received from the other four pitchers in the rotation.

  4. Budget has to play a role as well. The Cubs surrendered their first round pick and 16 million to pay for a 37 year old pitcher. Not sure what the market will pay these other guys left but anyone left that projects as a mid rotation guy will be getting paid much north of what Pelfrey signed for.

  5. Pelfrey's stat line last year looked eerily similar to Rick Porcello circa 2010-2012 prior to the jump in his K rate. He had a .334 BABIP a hr/9 rate of .60 and over 50 percent ground ball rate where he's going to be pitching half his games in a spacious ball park. He's mediocre but for a fifth starter he's useful.

  6. John Lackey makes a ton of sense. You would only go two years max on him and he's tied to compensation at his age may limit his suitors. He was lucky this year but he still a solid 2.5 win pitched that will eat innings and knows his to pitch, similar to when we signed Kenny Rogers.

  7. Aoki gets 1 year and an option, $ not out there yet. Once again, I dreamed on Aoki only to see him sign for very reasonable terms elsewhere. Last year, while mourning the Aoki loss, the Tigers went out and got Cespedes. Hoping for something similar this year.

    Is De Aza still available? He seems like the same type player but maybe a better fit in terms of the clubhouse and language compared to Aoki and may be cheaper

  8. If they could get an inexpensive everyday LF for Iglesias, they could look at someone like Asdrubal Cabrera or even Ian Desmond on a one year deal. That's probably not something that gets done right away in a few weeks, though, as I think both of those guys wait for the market for themselves rather than take what is available to them early on in free agency.

    I guess I would have to see what happens with left field, and center field, before determining whether or not Romine/Machado can work at SS. Even then, I think I'd prefer Machado in AAA for a while to start the season, so I'd probably be kicking around for SS options to play ahead of or pair with Romine.

    I don't see the point trading a cheap decent player and creating another hole. The best trade value comes at the deadline as desperate teams give away more. I don't think Iggy's value is high enough to create another hole on the roster. Machado isn't ready to take over and you still have free agency to fill the roster.

  9. Further.... How has the free agent signing strategy hampered at ranking?

    Dombrowski's inability to build a pen during the offseason the pasts two seasons played a bigger role. We gave up three pitchers for Soria and Veras that probably would have helped. Last report I heard on the PTBNL From the Astros was Paulino was touching triple digits.

  10. Rebuilding the minor league system and improving the current ML team for the next 4 years have nothing to do with each other. The system doesnt get built from a single draft pick.

    Would you make this trade?

    Dexter Fowler for Spencer Turnbill?

    Signing a free agent is still the cheapest way to acquire talent in terms of evaluating a 40 man roster. Their are other ways besides the amateur draft to build a farm system. I don't get why the Tigers would only limit themselves to players not tied to a comp pick.

    Cudyer was signed for 2 years at 21 million, which is pretty cheap even considering they gave up a first round pick.

  11. Was there ever a more drug induced quick fix than signing Fielder? No, it's not your money. You love it when they spend money. Line up the free agents. Sign them all. Isn't your money, doesn't matter how old they are. As long as the Tigers have all the players to win now is all that matters. Doesn't matter to you it seems what they do long term.

    The two years with Fielder produced a World Series berth and an ALC collapse that should have resulted in a championship.

    I don't understand the logic of blowing it up when your committed to a 120 million dollar payroll. What's the point?? You already have an expensive team.

  12. I'm all for signing Miller.

    If that does or doesn't happen the Tigers need to be open-minded from the beginning to the end of FA. There's been tons of guy who were game-changers that have been signed without aplomb. Uehara, Miller, Neshek, Duke. Benoit as we all know was a late signing. Rodney was late.

    So many names out there.....Adams, Belisario, Crain, Joba, Albers, Hoechaever, Perez, Coke, Morales, Motte......there's plenty more. And lord knows the bullpen has plenty of opportunity for guys to re-establish themselves. The Tigers can't be like Nathan is our closer, sign an 8th inning guy, and Rondon is our 7th/8th inning guy, and we're done. That's not enough anymore, and they don't have enough left in the system to make desperate summer trades again.

    Tommy John recovery takes two years for relievers, so I would count Rondon and Houchaver as out.

    Motte will be two years removed that's why I like him as a low-risk high reward signing.

    I still think signing some sort of fifth starter, and there are a ton of midrange guys like Liriano, Santana, Masterson that wouldn't break the bank. Tigers shy away from these types of moves teams like the A's make every year

  13. My wish list:

    Andrew Miller 3 years 21 million

    Jason Motte 1 year 2 million plus incentives

    Justin Masterson 1 year 5 million plus incentives

    Motte will be two years removed from Tommy John, and Masterson should bounce back from a horrible year and be a solid fifth starter.

  14. Tigstown apparently suggested trading for zobrist.

    Why would the tigers want to do that? I don't get it.

    In fairness, Zobrist is a switch hitter and can play all over the diamond, he'd be a good fit in the outfield and at short and could probably handle third as well but would cost a ton, not sure we have enough to get him!

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