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At this point you can start looking at the scrap heap but don't need to go dumpster diving for Joe Nathan. I like Fernando Rodney at this point.

I would rather go a little younger than that. I wonder what Edwin Jackson would cost.

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Busy, busy week for Tigers and first-year GM Al Avila. Bulk of the work is done, team encouraged by additions. Club still mulling the possibility of adding another reliever though it sounds as if landing a utility player is a bigger priority at the moment

I think finding a right handed hitting utility player who can play infield and outfield and is actually any good will be hard. I would rather target someone like Fowler and go with a strict platoon in CF.

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LOL Chris Davis seeking 8 years $200 million. I wonder if that includes a steroids clause?

I hate Boras but he does somehow manage to get his clients close to what he is asking. I think teams eventually budge because they panic they are just one player short of contending.

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I hope Fields isn't seen as anything more than system filler. He looks pretty terrible on both sides of the ball.

What's this Fields deal? I can't find it anywhere. Can't be Daniel...........??????

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So probably no chance they add a starting LF at this point?

They could still trade someone for one. I'd love it if they blew past the luxury tax and signed a luxury LF.

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Says who?

Al Avila, for one. Not that it really means anything, but there's one person.

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This might be the most poorly-edited article I've ever seen.

Tigers will comply with netting recommendations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tigers general manager Al Avila said the club is already compliant and will continue to be with regard to safety recommendations made by Major League Baseball.

MLB has recommended expanding the number of seats covered by protective netting.

“Obviously the safety of our fans is No. 1,” Avila said. “We have been compliant and we will continue to be compliant as they give out the recommendations and we’ll follow those recommendations.”

Avila said the Tigers haven’t had to put up any special netting at Comerica Par“The Detroit Tigers make the safety of our guests a priority, and the ballclub is already compliant with the Commissioner’s Office’s new recommendations pertaining to netting in front of seating areas. The Tigers will continue to work closely with the Commissioner’s Office on their recommendations for netting and all safety measures at both Comerica Park, and in Lakeland at Joker Marchant Stadium during Spring Training."k since the end of the last season.

The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tigers, also announced on Wednesday that they will make safety changes at Fifth Third Field.

“Our fan’s safety is our first priority, so along with the expanded netting, we will also further educate them on the possible dangers of foul balls and flying bats,” Mud Hens general manager Erik Ibsen said in a statement. “We have already begun looking into what it will take to have it completed by the start of the 2016 baseball season.”

Avila said he hasn’t talked to the other affiliates, but said the High A Lakeland Flying Tigers will also be compliant. Lakeland is also spring training home of the Tigers.

We have been compliant and we will continue to be compliant,” Avila also said of Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Tigers confirmed Avila's comments with a club statement Wednesday night: “The Detroit Tigers make the safety of our guests a priority, and the ballclub is already compliant with the Commissioner’s Office’s new recommendations pertaining to netting in front of seating areas. The Tigers will continue to work closely with the Commissioner’s Office on their recommendations for netting and all safety measures at both Comerica Park, and in Lakeland at Joker Marchant Stadium during Spring Training."

Edited by Yoda

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Sounds like Boras is getting ready to sell something to Ilitch. Does he represent ant outfielders?:classic:

anthony fenech ‏@anthonyfenech 7m7 minutes ago

Mike Ilitch is quite an American, Scott Boras said earlier. Boras is really pleased that he loves baseball, he said.

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Sounds like Boras is getting ready to sell something to Ilitch. Does he represent any outfielders?:classic:

anthony fenech ‏@anthonyfenech 7m7 minutes ago

Mike Ilitch is quite an American, Scott Boras said earlier. Boras is really pleased that he loves baseball, he said.

anthony fenech ‏@anthonyfenech 6m6 minutes ago

Agent Scott Boras praises Tigers' owner, off-season moves: Agent Scott Boras praises Tigers' owner, off-season moves

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Actually, Boras represents Davis and Span. Davis sounds like a bad contract waiting to happen, but Span is interesting on a relatively short deal.

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Sounds like Boras is getting ready to sell something to Ilitch. Does he represent any outfielders?:classic:

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None of the "big three".

:cry:

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If they can get Span on a 1 year prove it deal that would be fine.

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I think if Ilitch decides to get involved and go over the luxury tax limit, it would be one of the big four. He won't go for a second tier guy.

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They could still trade someone for one. I'd love it if they blew past the luxury tax and signed a luxury LF.

Aren't they already past the luxury tax by now?

It would be kind of dumb to spend this much for a second- or third-place team. Might as well go all-out for a LF then. I think we will.

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Aren't they already past the luxury tax by now?

..

Last I saw we were right there - the article said maybe over this year but by so little that with likely changes next year they would be under. I think the question is what salary do we having failing off next year if we sign someone that puts us over this yr. Isn't what they say that it's not the 1st year you are over that hurts, it's the second and beyond where you get hammered.

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Last I saw we were right there - the article said maybe over this year but by so little that with likely changes next year they would be under. I think the question is what salary do we having failing off next year if we sign someone that puts us over this yr. Isn't what they say that it's not the 1st year you are over that hurts, it's the second and beyond where you get hammered.

That's the thing though. If we're even a hair over it this year, we're going to get screwed next year no matter what.

Anyway, I thought we were within inches of the luxury tax before the Wilson trade. And he gets arbitration this coming year, so that should put us over.

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That's the thing though. If we're even a hair over it this year, we're going to get screwed next year no matter what.

Anyway, I thought we were within inches of the luxury tax before the Wilson trade. And he gets arbitration this coming year, so that should put us over.

We don't get screwed. It's not our money

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Illitch is a billionaire. He didn't get that way making poor business decisions. If they dab into luxury tax land I'm guessing he knows what he's doing.

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That's the thing though. If we're even a hair over it this year, we're going to get screwed next year no matter what.

Anyway, I thought we were within inches of the luxury tax before the Wilson trade. And he gets arbitration this coming year, so that should put us over.

Not necessarily. New CBA before 2017 season. Luxury tax threshold should be raised.

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Pearce!

Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 41m41 minutes ago

#Tigers have had talks with Steve Pearce's agent, but his price tag is too high now for the INF/OF role they envision, sources say.

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