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Impact of the Fielder singing on Jacob Turner

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Jacob Turner went from most likely tiger to be traded to probably on of their most important players. With 130 million dollar payroll and having three starters entering their arbitration process my money is on Jacob Turner becoming an important piece of the Tigers down the road.

Scherzer and Porcello both got big raises through the arbitration process and Fister who makes less than a million in 2012 will be set to get 3 million next season.

Turner would still have three years of his 1 million dollar salary he signed when drafted but the Tigers will have to shell out significant raises in each of the next three seasons to the starting trio, while Turner, Crosby, Oliver or Smyvly would all have three years before they hit the arbitration process.

With the new CBA, agents are now advising thier clients to not run the arbitration course and not let your current teams buy up your arbitration years and two years of free agency with Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabreara, Justin Verlander type contracts. The new CBA actually helps Detroit, they stay away from commiting long term to pitchers that could be an injury away, and makes these guys far more tradeable at the winter meetings in brining back a solid return of more cost controlled players. Again in the grand scheme of things its a catch 22. While those deals will prove to be great we also did this with Willis, Robertson, and Bonderman and ended up getting burned.

In terms of roster flexibility this team is in far better shape than it was the last time it shelled out 130 million dollars in payroll.

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just busting your chops...

but I hope Fielder's singing isn't really an issue.

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I don't think Turner was likely to be dealt, but it probably is slightly less likely because they aren't going to potentially add any more payroll. If anything it decreases the possibility they sign someone else to be the 5th starter. As DD said, they might sign a pitcher or two to minor league contracts, just in case. Since there is no pressure to be anything more than the 5th starter this year (which is a position that typically sees a lot of turnover throughout the season anyway) he can get his taste of the big leagues without worrying about overworking him or having him fail because it won't impact the team late in the season and in the playoffs.

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If there was any chance they were trading him before, none now. The team is good enough that dealing for another major talent is a waste. Just keep the guy and see how good he can be. Even taking away the money considerations for Scherzer and Porcello, there's a very real chance he's better than both of them in 2013 and 2014.

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I'm guessing that budget is not a concern for Illitch at this point in his life. If Turner gives him a better shot by trading him, bye bye Jacob.

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