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The Official 2017-2018 Detroit Tigers Off-season Thread

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19 minutes ago, sabretooth said:

For the record, I don't have the slightest idea if the Tigers organization was trying to tank.  FWIW, I suspect not.

I don't think they were either.  

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I think they were wisely preparing for next year when they realized that they weren't going to make the playoffs.  That means playing young guys to see what you have.  That means sending key players for surgery earlier than you would if you were in the playoff hunt.  That means trading players who aren't in your plans for next year earlier rather than holding on to them.  All of those moves will lose you more games.  If that is defined as tanking, then I am all for it.

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16 hours ago, irvink said:

Yeah, all of these guys come with warts, particularly the players with real upside.  But I'd rather they swing and miss with one of these types than go after a RP with a cleaner minor league track record. 

That said, if the scouts are more optimistic about Burdi or Tarpley actually being back-end BP pieces, I'm all for taking them. Maybe they turn into a tradable asset by Deadline 19.

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