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  1. No worries – I just climbed out of my time machine and brought back Jurrjens.

    Comment by Dave Dombrowski — January 3, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  2. There is the assumption that Magglio Ordonez will recover from his injury. At his age, he may not retrun to form until late next season. The Tigers still have a “bat” issue unless one of their young outfielders break out for a whole season. The Tigers are in good postion with pitching if they are only concerned about the number 4 pitcher.

    Comment by Bruce Clayton — January 3, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  3. Isn’t their defense really lousy? BP had them at 10th in the AL in defensive efficiency. So that’s another weakness, right?

    Comment by Beer me! — January 3, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

  4. I was just thinking myself that they are 2 SPs from being a reasonably complete team. They should still have a bit of money to spend….although it hasn’t really been their MO recently I suspect they’ll try a flier like Penny. Rumor has it they were in on Marcum before he went to the Brewers, so I don’t think they’re sastified with their #4/#5..

    Comment by the fume — January 3, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  5. Is this the first entry of an 8-part series?

    Comment by WhatLeylandNoooo — January 3, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  6. I LOL’d here. Nice work.

    Comment by ToddM — January 3, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  7. Jeff Francis is apparently a fit for everyone who doesn’t have a bunch of money left while Guerrier/Crain/et al are getting multi-year multi-million dollar deals. As a Royals fan, I’m hoping the heathen Tigres don’t luck into the best starter still available.

    Comment by AJ — January 3, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

  8. I really don’t understand why they haven’t been linked to more cheap starters this offseason like Francis, Capuano, Penny, McCarthy etc. because they clearly have a need for one. Even if things work out perfect and Coke gives you 160+ IP of sub 4 ERA and Galarraga gets extremely lucky like he did in 08 they would still need another starter because how often do teams make it through the entire year with the same 5 starters? Not very often, between injuries, double headers, or ineffectiveness you usually use atleast 6 or 7 guys and the Tigers have no depth outside of those 5 guys. Oliver showed last year that he wasn’t ready for majors yet and outside of him I don’t really know who else they have in their system that could come up and give you 5-10 decent starts throughout the year if need be.

    It’s like Dombrowski is counting on everything working out perfectly when I think he should be more proactive about it just incase it doesn’t. Bring in another person if for no other reason then to create some competition, instead of just handing it to 2 guys that have huge question marks.

    Comment by Dwight Schrute — January 3, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  9. The team’s infield defense is going to cost it runs, and games. Unfortunately, Brandon Inge is only capable of playing one position at a time.

    Comment by wrinklebump — January 4, 2011 @ 1:36 am

  10. I think as ST approaches guys like Furbush, Wilk, and some other competent minor league arms will be thrown in the mix with AG, Coke and Oliver. With a lot of people running through the last two positions, they might actually find one to perform to the level of a decent 4 or 5 man, or stumble on a guy that will outperform his FIP for the season.

    Comment by Colin — January 4, 2011 @ 2:20 am

  11. I doubt the Tigers would have given Maggs $10M next year if they weren’t sure about his availability at the beginning of the season. The Tigers might do some dumb moves, but I hope they wouldn’t go that far.

    Comment by Derek — January 4, 2011 @ 7:25 am

  12. Yeah the infield defense isn’t the greatest but I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as some people think unless of course Guillen plays all year at 2B which I don’t think will happen. I think more than likely Guillen will be injured majority of the year and somebody like Sizemore, Worth or Rhymes will man the position and all of them I think would atleast be average defensively with Worth possibly being a plus defender.

    I also think Cabrera isn’t as bad defensively at first as his UZR indicated last year. I wouldn’t say he is a gold glover or anything but I think he has solid range(see the infamous play on the Galarraga near perfecto for example) but does make some dumb errors here and there. Overall I would say he is an average or slightly below average fielder not the statue like some people think he is. As long as Peralta mans SS they will be below average defensively there though but that goes without saying.

    So again assuming Guillen won’t be playing full time I think they have 2 average, 1 plus and 1 sub par defender in the infield. Definitely not the strength of the team but I don’t think it’ll hurt the team too much, especially considering Porcello is really their only groundball heavy pitcher on the staff. And who knows maybe they’ll start Santiago and Worth/Rhymes at SS and 2B during Porcello’s starts because of all the groundballs. But then again Leyland is the coach and he thinks Peralta is a great defender because of his fielding percentage so that probably won’t happen.

    Comment by Dwight Schrute — January 4, 2011 @ 7:37 am

  13. Agreed – they need both a 4 & 5 starter and Oliver is not yet ready. They can not rely on Guillen except as DH. It would not surprise me if they traded for another hitter and pitcher. Any suggestions on who could pitch / hit well in Comerica Park?

    Comment by Bruce Clayton — January 4, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  14. I’m also of the mind that Cabrera is hardly the scarecrow that most metrics pin him as. He’s a big guy, but he’s not immobile. Shame he’ll never play outfield though, he’s got a rifle arm.

    Still, the double play combo of Peralta + Guillen is hardly comforting. Hopefully Glass Joe goes down in spring training with a bruised eyebrow, forcing Rhymes/Sizemore to man the bag.

    Comment by wrinklebump — January 5, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  15. Millwood

    Comment by rick p — January 5, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

  16. The Detroit media has given Dombrowski a complete pass on the topic of the rotation this off season. The Tigers had the fourth worst rotation ERA at 4.46 last season, and their only move to upgrade after the season has been to move Phil Coke from the bullpen to the rotation. The comments from DD have been along the lines of “we’re happy with out top four” or “our starting five are all set”. If that’s the case, get ready for another third place finish.

    The Tigers have a payroll that is currently $ 30 million below where it was in 2010, and $ 34 million was allocated to three starting pitchers that are gone. The only reasons for optimism are the second half improvements of Scherzer and Porcello after returning from a trip to Toledo, and the subtraction of Bonderman and Willis, who accounted for 38 starts last season. Pretending that Coke is our savior is a fool’s errand. There’s an elephant in the room, and he’s stinking up the joint!

    Comment by Tigerdog — January 5, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  17. They’re not exactly known for being terribly smart with their money either (Dontrelle, most specifically). I certainly think they overpaid, for what’s that worth, and agree that his age probably hinders his ability to comeback somewhat. Not saying it’s a bad deal per se, but…

    Comment by 2nd Half Adjustments — January 6, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  18. Don’t sell Superman short. Inge could play multiple positions at one time if he had to.

    Comment by Bill — January 6, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  19. You obviously aren’t a Tiger’s fan.

    Comment by BlackSwan — January 6, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  20. Mr. I pretty much guaranteed Magglio he’d be coming back after his injury. Mr. I is loyal to his players which is a great trait, but doesn’t alway translate into a competitive edge.

    Comment by BlackSwan — January 6, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

  21. he’d be bad, but yeah, he could do it.

    Comment by 2nd Half Adjustments — January 6, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

  22. No kidding! That has to be one of the worst, if not the worst move Dombrowski has made. But you can’t expect every deal to work your way! Definitely would be nice to have Verlander, Sherzer, Porcello, Jurrjens, and whoever else would have penciled in to 5th starter, whether it be Coke or Oliver, Turner, Furbush. But instead of Jurrjens we have penny so its not horrible.

    Comment by Mike — January 22, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

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