TonightWeDineinHell wrote:One possible reason they might be holding onto him, and this is almost entirely speculation, but by all account Detroit is on the verge of a big time financial collapse. I read somewhere that their number of season ticketholders dropped from 27,000 to something like 15,000, and they could be looking to dump a lot of salary. That could mean a job for a guy like Porcello, but it also has potential implications for the Sox.
The Sox have been connected to Miggy Cabrera every time his name comes up in trades. Who knows how legit the interest is, but given that the Yanks are now out of the picture with first and third locked up, I could very, very easily see the Sox moving Buccholz in a deal like that.
Complete speculation on my part, but I don't see them dealing him for Salty or Teagarden. I think they would have addressed the need over the offseason if they were going to go that direction rather than pouring more money into the offensive black hole that is Varitek.
The only way I see them trading Buccholz is for an elite bat, not a rookie backstop, especially given that by all accounts, they had the chance to trade him in a package for Santana and refused.
Edited: Tigers season ticket info
i dont think the Tigers dumping salary is at all likely...Illitch wants to win...he's not just in it for the money
here's an excerpt from this recent article
An interview with Ilitch from last fall helps explain why:
"That would be the last thing I'm going to look at," he said of the payroll. "I'm not afraid to go out and spend money. It has been very costly, but I'm not going to change my ways."
As for the club's off-season free-agent philosophy, he said: "I don't know if this year is the year to go after people. I'm more concerned about getting the team in shape and seeing what we've got and who are the real Detroit Tigers."
Ilitch has deep enough pockets to keep spending despite the drop in ticket sales. He'd better. The club -- provided Magglio Ordoñez returns (he has vesting options in his contract for 2010 and 2011) -- already has committed $99.6 million to nine players for next season. That's only one-third of the roster. Nor does it include a shortstop, second baseman, catcher, closer or setup man. The expected salaries for pitchers Justin Verlander and Jackson are not factored in either because they are eligible for salary arbitration but not under contract.
i think he knows deep down they arent likely to compete this year and that's why he didnt spend big FA money. i wouldnt be surprised to see him move Maggs or Guillen at the trade deadline, but i cant see any way he moves Miggy