Are the Tigers about to turn the corner? You have to admit, their opening day roster last year was a joke.
Since then, they have undergone addition by subtraction (Dean Palmer, Damion Easley, Shane Halter, etc). And have finally added some middle tier free agents (Rondell White, Fernando Vina, maybe one or 2 more to come). It seemed like for years, the Tigers didn't even exist as far as free agency went. Now, Mike Ilitch's new determination to build a winning team has finally given us hope. When Ilitch gets determined, he usually comes through. They may soon have a little more fantasy impact outside of Dimitri Young and being the opponents of the pitchers you use as a spot starter.
The Tigers have made a couple of nice moves. If I was a fan, I'd be a lot happier than I was last year.
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Well here's a possibility for their lineup next season:
1) Alex Sanchez - CF
2) Fernando Vina - 2B
3) Bobby Higginson - RF
4) Dimitri Young - DH
5) Rondell White - LF
6) Carlos Pena - 1B
7) Eric Munson - 3B
8) Brandon Inge - C
9) Omar Infante - SS (Santiago's done, he will never make it)
Not ultra intimidating or anything, but the most solid it's been in years. A few spots in the order are still questionable, and another free agent (Aurilia?) could alter it a little. Their starting pitching? That is a complete mess.
Bonderman, Cornejo, Maroth, uh.... not really anyone set after that.
Expect them to sign at least one more Starter and a reliever or two. Kenny Rogers or someone is a possibility.
Anyways, we're not exactly getting playoff hopes, but I do think they could surpass Cleveland this year. The Central isn't exactly a beast of a division, but I still expect the Tigers will be in the 90-100 loss range. Then perhaps add a few more free agents next year. Remember, Detroit is a very underrated baseball town, we won't take our team for granted if they actually show us something for a change.
Yeah, I agree the line up is much better than last year, or even the past 9 years.
If you are from detroit you have had this conversation with your friends I'm sure a million times. What if Detroit Still Had:
What would our lineup look like if we did still have these guys?
You have to ask yourself what prompted them to get ride of these guys?But the list could go on and I'm sure it would apply for other teams as well.
Granted, besides Louis, these players aren't All Stars, but they could have helped us win some games and have proved that with other teams.