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Postby MagicPunt » Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:09 pm


CF Granderson
SS Guillen
RF Maggz
DH Sheff
C IRod
LF Monroe
1B Casey
3B Inge
2B Polanco

C Wilson
OF Thames
1B Shelton/IF Perez
IF Infante

SP Rogers
SP Bonderman
SP Robertson
SP Maroth
SP Verlander

RP Mesa
RP Rodney
RP Grilli
RP Ledezma
RP Miner
Setup Zumaya
Closer Jones
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:55 pm

There really aren't a whole lot of questions on this roster (barring a trade). I'd like to think that somehow some way, Neifi won't be back next year. Shelton would be best served playing full time in Toledo and finding his swing again.

I also wouldn't be surprised to see Grilli or Miner get beat out by their rule 5 pick (Campusano) to add another lefty in the pen, since Ledezma will be a possibility if Maroth isn't all the way back yet.
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Postby Dannomyte » Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:40 am

My thoughts are along the same lines as mcqfesijiba.

I think there is almost no chance Shelton makes the team out of ST. This isn't the same Tigers we are used to. They are a contender and with that in mind they can't just keep guys on the team hoping they straighten things out. If he played great defense at 1B then you might keep him in the bigs but he doesn't. If Shelton has options left he will be sent down. It should tell you something when Leyland started talking about trying Marcus Thames out at 1B.

I also don't see the Tigers with Miner AND Grilli in the pen. One of their spots will either be taken by Campusano or a lefty reliever acquired in a trade. I highly doubt the Tigers go in to 2007 with Ledezma as the only lefty in the pen. He is more of a long reliver imo. Then again with Zumaya and Rodney's success against lefties anything is possible. I just think they want a lefty specialist to take Jamie Walkers place which shouldn;t be hard to find!

MY 2007 roster with the Tigers current players.

C- Pudge
1B- Sean Casey
2B- Polanco
3B- Inge
SS- Carlos Guillen
RF- Magglio
CF- Granderson
LF- Monroe
DH- Sheffield

Bench- Vance Wilson, Omar Infante, Marcus Thames, Neifi Perez

SP1- Kenny Rogers
SP2- Bonderman
SP3- Verlander
SP4- Robertson
SP5- Maroth (if healthy)

Bullpen- Jose Mesa, Fernando Rodney, Grilli, Ledezma, Campusano(or another lefty), Zumaya
Closer- Todd Jones

Guys on the outside looking in.

Zach Miner- Has options left and unless there is a trade made should start the season in the MudHens rotation.

Ramon Santiago- Signed a big league contract with the Tigers this off season. Not sure what to make of the signing. Hard to believe the Tigers would go with Infante, Perez and Santiago on the 25 man roster.

Jordan Tata- I'm not sold on Tata being anything more than a #4 or 5 in the rotation. That's irrelavent though. The kid is probably ready for a prolonged stint in the bigs possibly in the pen but the Tigers have no room for him. Pitching depth is a good thing!

Roman Colon- Is he a starter or reliever?? Is he healthy? Who knows! He has the talent but rarely puts everything together. My guess is if someone wants him they can get him for a case of Big League Chew. Although, pitching depth is a good thing!

Timo Perez- I highly doubt this is the left handed hitter the Tigers were hoping for. The guy is a solid defensive outfielder in a pinch and has decent numbers agaist righties but my guess is he spends the year with the Mudhens unless there is a rash of injuries.

Brent Clevlen- Definitely needs more time in the minors. Even then I don't see him as anything more than a 4th outfielder. The last thing the Tigers need right now is another right handed hitting outfielder on the team.

With all that said I highly doubt this is the team the Tigers take north after ST. I think there will be atleast 1 trade made and possibly 2 depending on whether or not Campusano pans out or not.

The biggest need right now is a solid left handed hitting outfielder off the bench. A lefty that plays above average defense would be a plus. I would trade any of the Tigers bench players or fringe pitchers to make this happen. The only player that I would hate to give up would be Infante. The kid has so much upside and is so versatile that it would have to be a very good deal for the Tigers in order to part with him.
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Postby Dannomyte » Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:22 pm

mcqfesijiba wrote: I'd like to think that somehow some way, Neifi won't be back next year.

Sounds like there is atleast a chance that Perez could get left off the team. Maybe wishful thinking though :~(

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the team might have "made a mistake" when it acquired infielder Neifi Perez from the Chicago Cubs in August, telling WDFN-AM (1130) on Thursday that Perez "played terrible" in Detroit.

Reached later Thursday by the Free Press, Leyland said, "We're not ripping Neifi. He was a hell of a player, and we thought we were getting a similar player to that, but Neifi simply did not perform well. 'Terrible' is an exaggeration.

"We're going to look at this in spring training. If he's capable of performing, he'll be on the team. If not, obviously we made a mistake. The fact of the matter is that he did not play well in Detroit. I stand behind that. That's just a fact."

Perez, 33, acquired after an injury to starting second baseman Placido Polanco, hit .200 with no home runs and five RBIs in 21 regular-season games. The Tigers are obligated to pay Perez's $2.5-million salary this year, even if he is released.

The Tigers likely will carry two utility infielders this year. Leyland said Perez would "have to play his way off the team," indicating Perez has a tentative hold on a 25-man roster spot.

"If Neifi Perez can play like he's capable," Leyland said, "he can be a key player for us, because he can play shortstop ... when (Carlos) Guillen needs days off, and second for Poli when he needs days off. He can play better than he showed.

"I recommended that we trade for him. I take responsibility. I don't want people to get the wrong impression. I like Neifi Perez, but he did not perform well. It's that simple." ... 90437/1050
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:55 pm

Haha, are they finally figuring out what we already knew before the trade was ever made when Neifi's name was brought up when Polanco went down with an injury? Glad to hear that they aren't committing to him.
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