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Zumaya, Granderson, Bonderman, Shelton, Rodney, Maroth, Robertson are all players other teams like a lot. In the lower minors, Tata and Clevlen have also been getting interest. We actually have quite a few players other than Verlander that interest other teams, believe it or not, but I agree that Verlander has been pretty much declared untouchable as well as probably Bonderman.moochman wrote:Dombro the GM has already indicated that Verlander is an untouchable, so who else could we trade?
Is there proof of that ever happening? Last I heard it was a rumor based off of an interview where DD was his usual vague self. The rumor I heard was Verlander AND Granderson along with an unnamed minor leaguer, which sounds about right given what Boston gave up.moochman wrote:When the Marlins asked about trading Beckett they only wanted Verlander and some unnamed player(s). That is because they feel that he is the only Tigers player that has any reasonable chance as all-star type success.
The thing with Beckett is he looks like he is going to command so much money, that you're going to have to be a team like the Yankees or Red Sox to afford him. Putting that much money into a pitcher is often a reckless gamble. Pitching is among the most unpredictable things in baseball. Kevin Brown, Darren Dreifort, Carl Pavano, Chan Ho Park, etc. Is Beckett, whose shoulder is already raising concern, next? If the same thing were to happen to an approaching Free Agency Verlander as is happening to Beckett, which is still quite a ways away, and he had to be traded then so be it. It's more a product of the market than the state of the team.moochman wrote:The Beckett contract issues are another sign that the Tigers don't have much of a plan for long term success. If you are not going to pay for a pitcher who has won WS games and has top shelf PROVEN talent, what then do you do if Verlander thrives? Trade him when he is about to become a FA?
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