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The AL Central will not be a joke next year.

I expect DD to react.

Since the A's are giving up I'll take Redick and Dolittle. I'll give them Moya, Suarez and a prospect!

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4 years on a reliever will usually be a bad investment. We'll see.

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Samardzija, Robertson, LaRoche and Duke so far. And it sounds like they will try to add another big FA as well. Plus, Rondon could be an upgrade over what they currently have in the 4/5 spots in the rotation.

The Central definitely did get tougher today.

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mgorosh ‏@sportz5176 4m4 minutes ago

If the CWS get a RF LF 3B 2B and a C they may be pretty decent..

Heh...

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mgorosh ‏@sportz5176 4m4 minutes ago

If the CWS get a RF LF 3B 2B and a C they may be pretty decent..

Heh...

They could use a couple more bats to guarantee themselves more than 4th place...

Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS 31s

Robertson gets $46M for 4 yrs. Bob nightengale 1st with chisox

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I put this in the wrong thread first

Detroit gets: Longoria and Cespedes

Tampa gets: Castellanos and Bogaerts

Boston gets: Porcello and Joyce

Yeah, that's the ticket

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Since the A's are giving up I'll take Redick and Dolittle. I'll give them Moya, Suarez and a prospect!

Moya isn't available.

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Detroit Tigers prospect Steven Moya working on plate discipline

Steven Moya's off-season slumber is almost over.

The Tigers' top prospect was in Detroit on Saturday, signing autographs for fans at the team's pro shop and after a monthlong rest from baseball activities, he'll get back at it in Florida on Monday.

"It's that time again," he said. "Time to get ready for next season."

But first, a look back at Moya's past season: .276 with 33 home runs and 105 RBIs at Double-A Erie. Eastern League MVP. .289 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in the Arizona Fall League. An appearance in the AFL Rising Stars game.

Moya, 23, is rising up the ranks quickly.

He earned a cup of coffee with the Tigers in September and, depending on his progress next spring, could drink all the coffee he wants in the big leagues next season.

Including his stops in Detroit and Arizona, he's right around the 700 at-bats the team wanted him to get last season.

And those at-bats, Moya said Saturday, helped immensely in his strike-zone recognition, which the numbers say is still a work in progress.

"That's the biggest thing I have to keep working on," he said.

Moya had 161 strikeouts and 23 walks at Erie. In the AFL, he had 29 K's and six walks.

"I think I got better in the strike zone," Moya said. "It's those details, the little details you have to work on. Me, especially, it's just recognizing better the strike zone. I could get better on that."

That lack of plate discipline seems to be the only thing keeping Moya's raw power out of big league ballparks.

President and general manager Dave Dombrowski, unprompted, said this about Moya on Friday: "I don't know why. … And I'm not saying he's ready, and you've seen him, but if Moya's not a premium prospect, I don't know who is. I mean, this kid, I don't know what damage he'll end up doing this year, but I mean, this guy has unbelievable power. He plays the outfield well. He's a hard worker."

And if that work translates into a better approach at the plate, he could be the Tigers' answer to corner outfield questions in 2015 and for years to come.

"I feel like they have to put me there already," Moya said. "I don't know if I need more at-bats now, so I'm just going to go and try to make the team."

Contact Anthony Fenech: afenech@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @anthonyfenech.

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Does anybody know what the White Sox gave up, and if so can any prospect guru(Mark or anybody else) comment on them? Just curious because Samardzija has a lot of similarities to Porcello or Price since they all have 1 year left of control and are pretty similar pitchers in terms of value. I'm sure the industry would go Price, Samardzija then Porcello so Rick's return wouldn't be quite as high, nor Price's as low but I think it could give us a ballpark figure on what we should expect and demand if we do decide to trade one of them.

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No doubt that the days of the Tigers automatically being crowned division champs before the season even starts are quickly coming to an end.

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No doubt that the days of the Tigers automatically being crowned division champs before the season even starts are quickly coming to an end.

Last season wasn't exactly a layup. Only a one game margin that came down to the last day.

2013 wasn't clinched until the second to last series. Again, only a one game spread. And over a Cleveland team that they absolutely dominated during the season, 15-4.

2012 was only a 3 game lead at the end, and the division lead was a tie with a week and a half left to go.

2011 was a laugher, winning the division by 11.

I think that the Tigers were generally accepted as the favorites in these seasons, and the fact that they won the division season after season probably mask the individuality of the seasons a bit and give an illusion of domination season after season.

Law of averages might eventually catch up with them. But I think there is still plenty of winning expected to make up for the 90s and early 00s.

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No doubt that the days of the Tigers automatically being crowned division champs before the season even starts are quickly coming to an end.

The Tigers will win the division. Book it.

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The Tigers will win the division. Book it.

Can our southern California folks represent at the winter meetings? Make a sandwich board with "Biggs 3:16" on it and go stand around the MLBN sets and get some camera time.

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Can our southern California folks represent at the winter meetings? Make a sandwich board with "Biggs 3:16" on it and go stand around the MLBN sets and get some camera time.

If that happened it might represent the highlight in my life.

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If that happened it might represent the highlight in my life.

I'll do it when the winter meetings come to northwest Ohio.

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Moya's power is legit, but I just can't think of many guys who went from terrible to competent in plate discipline. I think a lot of that is natural ability.

Of course, I wouldn't really complain if he became Marcus Thames, that's not a bad player to have. I'm not sure it's a premium prospect or someone I wouldn't trade pretty easily though.

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Just wondering..........What's the over/under on making it to 100 pages on this thread by the end of the week? I'll say over. But only if the Tigers make a big trade splash.

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