By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
As we get closer to kicking off the annual Winter Meetings, the Tigers have continued to make moves. It’s been a revolving door over the past week as new Tigers have arrived while others have left.
Our writers have a lot on their minds; with opinions on an array of topics. It’s been an interesting week for sure.
During last week’s media event, Mr. I articulated that Dave Dombrowski knew his contract was up and that it would not be renewed. When he was released, Dave claimed he was shocked that it happened. For someone so intelligent, how could he not know his tenure as GM was coming to a close given that he hadn’t accomplished Mr. I’s goal and hadn’t had any contract extension talks?
Lynn Henning’s recent column about why he wasn’t voting for the Hall of Fame generated a hailstorm of criticism on the Detroit News social media thread, including one from a well-known author and member of the BBWAA. A day later, the newspaper removed readers’ ability to read comments or post to the column. So much for freedom of speech.
Toronto’s remake of their Front Office could benefit the Detroit Tigers with their acquisition of Cleveland’s top 2 executives. The Indians now have a new President and GM which almost always means the manager will be replaced with one of their own choosing. It is rumored that Terry Francona has an opt-out clause if his GM and President leave the organization, which they did at the end of the season.
Those who are underwhelmed by the signing of Mike Pelfrey to seemingly fill the final spot in the starting rotation, I wouldn’t be so sure about the Tigers’ plans. One failed year for a still young Shane Greene shouldn’t spell the end of his opportunity as injuries may have stifled any success last season. It would not surprise me if he exited the spring back in that rotation.
Do you believe in addition by subtraction? The Tigers are clearly ridding themselves of the dead wood in that bullpen in order to make room for new blood. And I can’t say that I disagree with any of the moves to remove Al Al, Feliz and Ian Krol.
Unless the Tigers pull a blockbuster trade out of their hat; all that is left to do is reinforce that infamous bullpen of theirs. So we will all collectively hold our breath hoping that the decisions we make will finally shore up a weakness that has plagued this franchise and potentially cost them titles. I still smell a big trade coming that may bring us pieces we didn’t expect.