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If the Tigers want to get to "the next level" the key is the minor league system not over-paying big name free agents.
Ilitch has a fair amount of money himself. He's no Steinbrenner, but I expect the payroll to exceed $100 million entering 2006. It still remains to be seen who they get/don't get, but they will be somewhat active. Wisely spending the money, however, is my big concern. The farm system on the other hand is potentially on the verge of breaking out in a big way. Most people know Verlander, Zumaya, and Granderson. While not all of them will flourish, there are also some lesser known big time talents that could explode onto the prospect scene next season. Jordan Tata and Brent Clevlen are already on the verge, while guys like Wilken Ramirez, Juan Tejeda, Jeff Larish, Kevin Whelan, Matt Joyce, and Michael Hollimon just to name a few are more than your average Tiger prospects that we've seen in the past. Compared to the past seasons, there are just too many talented players down there to produce the total dissappointments this organization has seen it's farm system yield in the past.Pogotheostrich wrote:The farm system has gotten a lot better but unless you have the Yankees wallet you can't just say let's try and win now and get some FA. The idea is flawed to start with.
mcqfesijiba wrote:My biggest concern with him is the way he went out in Colorado.
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