neoforce wrote:MTUCache: Does Sheffields release change your thought about Anderson's role in Detroit? I still wouldn't count on much from him, but maybe a bit more with Shef gone. Seems as if they got Anderson in expectation of releasing Shef.
Definitely... huge difference. With Sheffield no longer taking up with DH spot, that really leaves Guillen free to step in there. His health has been begging for that spot for a couple of years now really, and the only thing standing in his way has been Sheff.
Could Thames play an everyday LF? Not a chance. He's a streaky hitter, and a weak defender. With Magglio in RF Granderson already has too much ground to cover in Comerica. Leaving him between Thames and Ordonez would be a big mistake. They need a strong defensive presence at least available in LF, even if they are platooning with Thames or one of the other young guys.
With the logjam still there in the OF, and a lot of "interesting" (I won't say promising) guys on the rise there, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see one of those guys move before the season. Obviously, the guy with the most value (and the biggest contract) is Thames. I'd hate losing him, because he is an awesome power guy off the bench, and when he's on he hits like nobody's business, but in the Tigers organization he's been a guy without a place for a while now (really since before Craig Monroe). If anybody out there is looking for his bat, I'd assume the Tigers would deal him quickly for yet another young arm (trying to throw enough spaghetti at the wall to find something to stick).
Anyway...... full circle, all the way back around to Anderson... with his speed and defense (I'm just going off of recent speculation here, I know almost nothing about this kid), if he hits I think he'll stick in the lineup almost everyday, possibly even at leadoff. If he doesn't, he won't see much playing time at all. The back-end of our order is already anemic, and adding another lame bat to the Laird/Inge/Everett 7-8-9 in our order would kill the Tigers hopes of having an offensive team this year.