mblax10 wrote: The bad money the Tigers have locked up in 2010 is further reason why Illitch will open his checkbook to try and win this season.
They had plenty of bad money this year. Not sure how either part of this notion makes any sense.
I'll try and oversimplify for you. Which is easier?
-Add one player in '09 that moves your expected win total from ~82 to ~87 which is very likely to win the AL Central.
-Try to rebuilt a team in '10 with a large amount of bad financial commitments and an aging core of replacement level players. Remember, it is also very likely the other AL Central teams will improve in '10. They can't be much worse.