Monday, December 26, 2011
Tiger Droppings: After-Holiday Hangover Edition
There’s not a whole lot going on right now as far as Detroit Tigers news is concerned. But I’ll try to cover what stuff is out there. Today we’ll get into free agency, random nonsense, and other things.
Vague? You betcha. Interesting? Probably not. But let’s see what we can come up with.
Yeah. It’s kind of boring out there right now. But that doesn’t mean Dave Dombrowski doesn’t have something crazy up his sleeve. Take a look at the past couple years after Christmas.
1/13/09: Tigers sign Taiwanese free agent Fu-Te Ni to minor league contract.
1/26/09: Tigers sign Brandon Lyon to a one-year contract.
1/19/10: Tigers sign Jose Valverde to a two-year deal (option for a third).
2/4/10: Tigers sign Justin Verlander to a five-year extension.
2/22/10: Tigers sign Johnny Damon to a one-year contract.
1/18/11: Tigers sign Brad Penny to a one-year contract.
1/24/11: Tigers trade Armando Galarraga to Arizona for prospects.
All of these moves were significant in their own ways. And with the team still weak at second base, third base, and needing another starter, we’re sure to see something happen pretty soon. I’m not going to speculate about any trades. Leave that to Ken Rosenthal and other crazy people. But I do have the list of the remaining free agents out there at each position. See if any names pop out at you.
Let’s see. Keppinger can hit a little, but has no power and zero glove. Ditto for Theriot. Cabrera is old and terrible. Lopez hasn’t been worth a damn in a couple years. Hall hit over 30 homers in 2006, but hasn’t done anything since. And the rest of them are awful. Especially Tinkerbell.
Santiago/Raburn is better than anything here. How about third?
Well, we know all about Betemit. Cantu has gone downhill in each of the past three years. Chavez makes Carlos Guillen look healthy. Vizquel is older than Leyland. Kouzmanoff could be productive, but made close to $5 million last year. Even if he only commands half that this year, Inge is already making over $5 million himself.
I can’t see DD choosing any of these guys over Inge/Kelly. Although, I would love to add “The Kouz” as a crime fighting duo with Doug Fister. Pitching help, please?
Wow. Lots of ways we could go here. Oswalt sure would be nice, though I doubt it would ever happen. Just don’t sign Millwood. You tell me if anyone catches your eye. Gun to my head, I’ve always liked Chris Young, though he has all sorts of issues. And I love Harden when he's healthy. Fister/Harden...yes, please.
What’s the point of all this? Simple. We’ve still got a few months until the season starts. Anything can happen. Just don’t be too upset that DD isn’t in a hurry. The man always has a plan.
Fun With Youtube
The Rod Allen Incident
Haha…never gets old.
From Lynn Henning’s Twitter:
One reason why Tigers figure to be a finalist for Yoenis Cespedes when he hits FA any day now: I think all their scouts are true believers.
Hear that, kids? Just like Santa Claus, fairies, and Cubs baseball…you just gotta believe.
He’s going to be a Marlin.
-Over at Grantland, Rany Jazayerli wrote this piece on trading prospects for established stars. It's a good read. I promise, there's no Bill Simmons nonsense involved.
-At Brain Matters, Phil Coke's Brain takes a look inside the heads of Alex Avila, Brad Penny, and others. I'm so pissed that I never thought of doing this.
-Sam at Roar of the Tigers shares her Eight Nights of Terrible Chanukah Cartoons. Oy vey. Funny stuff, as always.
-Add Matt Garza to the endless list of names rumored to be on the Tigers' trade radar. Then again, the original report came out of Boston. Boston reporters are scum. And liars. And from Boston.
That's all I've got. Be good out there.