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  1. I think the biggest problem comes from Smith's greatest weakness; he cared deeply for his players, and wanted them to succeed. He needs to become more objective when constantly evaluating talent.
  2. The 3 best players are all outfielders, one whom is very familiar to us. The best prospect to come out of the Florida area since A-Rod, and the best prospect by far is Lastings Milledge. He's a 5-tool CF who does it all, and would've been drafted #1 in this years draft. Rated #2 as a corner outfielder is California HS OF Delmon Young, younger brother of Dmitri Young. Rated #3 is Southern University OF Richie Weeks. Milledge has some red flags, he was kicked out of HS this year in a supposed sexual harrassment case. His father, however, is a Florida cop, and no charges were ever made.
  3. That's true Jake. Higginson especially, with the 9 million/year. The Tigers need to get into a position on payroll where they become the buyer. The more money DD cuts now, the more money available to him for free agency and the like. If the Tigers had money this past year, they could've made a run for Damon, and they'd be in much better shape now. Btw, next year won't be so bad. They should have a much better bullpen, and other players may be healthy.
  4. The problem Beane had was he couldn't take on the extra payroll. I still don't see how they improved themselves, although they had Billy Koch ahead of Germann. I do like Ford-Griffin alot, though; he would've looked nice in a Tiger uniform down the road. He just doesn't have enough power to make enough of an impact, though. Obviously, the Tigers paid Oakland some cash in the deal, so that was another consideration. Believe it or not, some of these clubs are trying to make everyone believe that they have to make trades for cash just to pay for draft choices. Coincedentally, the owners are calling for contraction, and working(?) on an impasse.
  5. A point that cannot be emphasized enough is that the Tigers save almost $20 million over the next 4 years with this deal. In order for the Tigers to be in a favorable position with their payroll, they need a Lion-like purge of their payroll. This might take a while. This situation, though, very much mirrors the situation of the Lions. Both teams have new management that are stuck with rosters that are not only weak talent-wise, but are handcuffed with many bad contracts. Weaver's wasn't a bad contract, but it made moving him much easier. This "sell mode" might take a while for the Tigers, as it has for the Lions. But in the meantime, they both need to continue to slash payroll, adding as much cheap talent as possible with better scouting, and draft much better.
  6. Cornejo should take Weaver's spot in the rotation. Another great outing last night gives him a 5-3 record, with an era around 3.00. He's walking fewer batters, and is going deeper into the game each game he pitches. If Cornejo has his command, then he's got better stuff than Weaver.
  7. You guys can bow to me when we meet up at the MotownTigers.com game two days later.
  8. The reason why he's a "player to be named later" is that you can't be traded until 1 year after you sign. On August 22d, it will be announced that Bonderman will complete the deal.
  9. With Carlos Pena the big "name" coming to the Tigers, I was trying to put my G.M. cap on (which I'm prone to do); and try to think like Dombrowski. The Tigers don't have much to offer right now in the minors as far as premium "arms" are concerned. DD has been a big "arm" guy, hence the big arms in Florida. I think that DD thinks Bonderman's upside is at least comparable to Weaver's, and being 6 years younger and throwing in the mid 90's; he was the piece of the puzzle that made him complete this deal. The downside to Bonderman is a rumored learning disability, but he did graduate from HS with a GED. He's also just out of HS, and like Quickie will continue to remind us all--they're the most risky.
  10. Jeremy Bonderman, RHP, 19. 1st round pick of the A's last year, signed Aug 22d, so he'll be announced then. Throws mid-90's.
  11. The next time Shane Halter says he wants out (where are we going to trade him to, the Frontier League?) in the paper, should be the last time he complains. He had a carreer year last year, the Tigers rewarded him with a real nice contract, a real nice job as the starting shortstop; and he thanks them like this? He blew it, he should've shut his trap, because nobody in baseball wants his cancer-like presence. He's the 2002 version of Bip Roberts. He's just sneakier about it.
  12. I usually take what Kowalski has to say with a grain of salt. For someone who's a football "insider"; he doesn't do his homework on the game. He also seems to have a real axe to grind with both M&M. Harrington was flat-out the right choice. They'll find plenty of corners next year. Corners were very tough to come by this off-season; it wasn't a very good draft for them. Quarterback is always the most important position in the NFL, and I'm sure the Lions' defensive staff understands that. As I've said before, the Lions defense is in better shape than had been let on. They should have enough of a pass rush to negate problems in the secondary. Also, notice the Lions' schedule. They're playing Miami, Atlanta, New York Jets, New England, Carolina, and Tampa Bay. All those teams have below league average talent at wide receiver. Those are all teams that will want to run the ball. Chicago and Green Bay also like to run the ball, but I'm not sure about the Packer's new receivers, either.
  13. Denny Neagle started in Pittsburgh, then was traded to Atlanta in '98 (or so) for Jason Schmidt. He then went on to the Yankees, and then left as a FA for Colorado. As far as I know, that's been it.
  14. The thing about Mo is that he's as close to anybody to Maddux as it gets when it comes to command. He was topping out at 86mph, but was in complete command at all times. It was classic Moehler.
  15. I really disagree with the premise that Jeff Weaver needs to go before the Tigers get any better. If anything, the Tigers need more Jeff Weavers. He also should've nailed the Tigers CF of the future; budding young superstar Lastings Milledge, who is now playing for Team USA. From everything I've read on the kid, he's the best prospect since A-Rod. Something good may come out of this year yet. (Milledge will be the first pick in next year's draft).
  16. Andre' Goodman is a player. Eric Davis and Todd Lyght are both former Pro Bowl players who've both seen their better days, but both can play the position. Terry Fair is a fine cover corner, provided he is healthy. Chris Cash, Jimmy Wyrick, and Chidi Iwuoma all are young players with a definite ceiling. Lamar Campbell has a penchant for making plays when he is on the field. The Lions are actually in "good" shape in the secondary right now. Right now, only Green Bay has a better secondary in the NFC North. I'd take the Lions DB's over Minnesota's and Chicago's.
  17. Yes, it was easy to gameplan against Deion. Don't throw near him, but run right at him, and get real physical with him. Deion was the greatest cover corner ever, but not the best corner ever. I'd rather have a physical guy, and give up a little (but not too much) in coverage. I mention this, because this will be a problem for the Lions this year. They are fairly small at all corners, and they will be tested. With the excellent speed upgrade at both safeties over last year, I don't see many problems with the Lions in coverage. I do see a problem if teams will be able to run on them. If the Lions can stop the run this year (and that's a huge "if"); then the Lions can have a pretty good year.
  18. The best way I can put it Red, is it easier to win the Super Bowl with a franchise QB, or a franchise CB? The difference between the two, if a QB is great, he'd have the ball in his hands all the time, making play after play. If a CB is great, he won't get many plays to make at all.
  19. The Lions have signed 13 year veteran cornerback Eric Davis today. A good insurance policy for sure, the Lions are probably set with their roster going into camp. Cornerback is a position the Lions will have to hit hard in upcoming drafts, though. The Lions are pretty deep now though they would be deeper and in real good shape if Fair is healthy.
  20. I'm with you, Q. The Indians are making out like bandits; while the Expos are going about as if they are in their last year. Phillips might not even be the best prospect the Expos give up. Cliff Lee, a LHP, is one of the top minor league pitchers, and his value is skyrocketing.
  21. The Lions just signed 4 safeties during the off-season. No more safeties needed. Linebacker, though, might be a different story. Waddy is a player, and a versatile one at that. I don't think the Lions are interested due to his past. The Lions have staff members that know him.
  22. I'm right here! <~~~~~~~~
  23. I just said hmmmmmmm....., that's all I said. I'd really have to think about that one. Fick and Drew are alot alike, hitting wise, but Drew does have much more power. Fick doesn't produce nearly enough runs for my taste. When Ankiel gets "it" back, he'd be a threat to strike out 300 batters/season. He may never get it back.
  24. cruzer1

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