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  1. Drew Hutchison is like the ultimate 30-year old journeyman who never quits. I love reading his career stats including minor, fall and independent leagues. I expect Buck Farmer will be claimed this time, or will choose free agency. I guess the Tigers figure that for the nearly $2 million they're paying him this year, he shouldn't be on the cusp. God, I want Hutchison to pitch brilliantly today, obviously because I want the Tigers to move into 2nd place by themselves (technically they are a few hundredths or thousandths of a percentage point behind Cleveland). But it would be damn cool for Drew Hutchison.
  2. That makes me an idiot. Not insane. But thanks for the clarity.
  3. Idea. Feel free to tell me I'm insane. MLBTradeRumors reports the Rockies have lowered the asking price for shortstop Trevor Story. If the Tigers were to trade for him they'd owe him about $6.7 for the remainder of 2021. He'd then be a free agent. The Tigers could make him a qualifying offer, which he would probably reject, preferring to test the FA market. So the Tigers would get a supplemental draft pick. Also, you never know if Story might become amenable to an extension with Detroit if he likes the organization. It would also send a signal to the rest of the league, including players and agents that the Tigers really do like their team and are looking to get better and compete sooner rather than later. In essence, the Tigers would be paying $6.7M plus probably some lesser prospects (maybe they can include Olson whom they just acquired for Daniel Norris, Ha!) for a few months of Story, a supplemental draft pick and a change in perception of them by players and their agents. Like when they signed Pudge Rodriguez (not comparing Story to Pudge). Again - feel free to tell me I'm insane. It's not like I'm not used to it.
  4. I see Alex Lange was brought up to replace Urena, who is now on the injured list. With Boyd, Urena and Turnbull hurt, and Mize having his innings limited, it would seem the Tigers truly need another starter to flesh out the rotation at least, and eat some innings at best. The only starters at Toledo and Erie who are on the 40 man roster and not injured are Matt Manning and Joey Wentz. Wentz needs time to pitch regularly following Tommy John Surgery. Manning would seem logical. I'd also suggest that a veteran arm could be added (instead of or in addition to Manning) as there are certainly candidates on our 40 man roster who could be designated for assignment, and who would likely pass through waivers without a problem. Everyone's thoughts?
  5. Mike Rabello is at the top of my list. He's going to be a successful manager somewhere. It may as well be here.
  6. The Tigers did this today. Has any other team done this, this season? Has any other team done this in baseball history?
  7. Good information about the old bonus baby rules. I’d overlooked that.
  8. Al Kaline debuted with a short stint with the Tigers at age 18. He was an everyday player at age 19 and won his batting title at 20. I’m not advocating for Greene to break camp with the Tigers in 2020. But it might seem he could be a regular in 2021, at age 20. The Tigers may not compete in 2021. But a full year of MLB experience ahead of our intended competing window would be invaluable to Greene and the franchise. I’m drooling at he and Torkelson back to back in the lineup.
  9. Crazy idea but the unending talks between San Diego and Boston, where San Diego wants to offload Wil Myers and as much of his $66 Million owed over 3 years as possible, with Boston scooping up very good prospects from the Padres farm system has me thinking. Who do you think Boston would prefer? Wil Myers or Miguel Cabrera? Cabrera is owed $124 Million over 4 years, 2020-2023. If Detroit sent Cabrera to Boston, and San Diego sent Myers to the Tigers, the Tigers, not the Red Sox would be the team to pick up a negotiated portion of the salary difference, sending that to the Red Sox, rather than the Red Sox sending it to the Padres. Additionally, Detroit would be in a position to scoop up some prime Padres prospects and even perhaps a capable big-leaguer, and maybe even one or two prospects from Boston, or another club if the deal worked better as a 3-way. The Padres farm system is loaded, including position players, an area the Tigers are weak in, in the minors, and pitching. Essentially it would mean saying goodbye to a Tiger legend, and we'd be spending the money on the financial obligation difference to buy prospects who might actually help us win, in a time frame better aligned with winning window we hope to meet. That is something neither Cabrera nor Myers will help us do. I understand Cabrera is a Detroit legend and everything about that. But depending on the $ commitment and the return, this is something I'd consider. Not because it will make a difference in 2020. It won't. But because it might in 2021 and it might even more in 2022, 2023 and beyond. Those are the years that matter.
  10. Obviously the Tigers crave impact bats. If at #5 they consider Nick Lodolo, the consensus top pitcher in the draft to be the best available player, why wouldn't they draft him instead of a bat? If he progresses quickly as is expected, they could always trade from a position of young, controllable pitching strength to fill their offensive needs in the off-season following 2020. They've stated they want to contend in 2021. Further, by going this path, they could trade for players who fill the positions they know they need help with bearing in mind the 2021 time line. Thoughts?
  11. Ok. So the Tigers are 1-4, 1.5 games out of first place. There isn't a single statistical element one can reasonably address about the team based on the data sample size available. Nevertheless, I would like to point out that the Tigers have the 2nd best run differential to date in the American League Central at -2. Further, they haven't lost any road games!!!
  12. 70-92 seems about right. Rebuilding teams with a few vets poised to rebound some, plus the large pool of talented but inexperienced young players will provide for some fun games and good entertainment. We will have to cherish the small things in 2018, rather than sustained success.
  13. Lance Parrish and Mike Rabelo make the most sense. Parrish knows the players from the farm system as well as anyone. Yeah, he's a 1984 Tiger and I respect the argument about not becoming tarnished, but he'd help ease the club through the next 2-3 years and make the fans happy that he's there. Rabelo may have real potential as a manager but I don't know if his single year at class A is adequate. Perhaps with Parrish as bench coach. I don't see any reason to go outside the organization right now. The best outside candidates will seek jobs elsewhere. Who wants a couple of 95 loss seasons to begin their resume with? There is no magic answer here. The attitude that it really doesn't matter much has some merit to it.
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