By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
The Hot Stove League has cooled a bit but it’s still simmering as we wait on some still hot commodities to find a home.
But what’s up with the Tigers? Well, Al Avila has worked his way through his shopping list and has wrapped and put a bow on just about everything he was looking for.
But as we await the next move, what’s on the minds of our writers? Well, there’s always somethin’.
Why do so many fans insist on trading Ian Kinsler? He was the hardest working player on the team last year, put up phenomenal numbers, took on the role of team leader and owns the highest WAR by far of any second baseman in all of MLB. Don’t these same fans realize that there is no other player with his experience at 2B, his glove and his bat?
Michael Cuddyer is the first baseball player to walk away from $12.5 million salary and retire. Mentioning that his skills were no longer commensurate with that amount, he said he’d feel guilty accepting it without earning it. It will be interesting to see if anyone else ever duplicates this amazing level of integrity.
Interesting that fans and the media believe that the Tigers have to be either “all in” or “all out” on Cespedes and Gordon. Showing an interest in a player automatically ups the asking price so therefore keeping silent until the last moment is a wise move by any GM. I wouldn’t be surprised if Al Avila monitors the bidding and jumps in if the figures and contract length are lower than expected.
Rajai Davis became a Cleveland Indian this week, and I am not real pleased. I think he was a valuable piece for the Tigers off the bench.
That’s a lot of speed removed from a roster already devoid of Yoenis Cespedes who provided plenty himself. But Davis was THE base running threat for the Tigers, and we can only hope Cameron Maybin will fill that role.
Could the moves the Tigers have made turn a bullpen that had been a disaster in 2015, to a strength in 2016? I would not be surprised; and that’s just based on what we do know, not what we don’t.
All signs point to Michael Fulmer as being the one who they won’t be able to keep off the plane to Detroit in April, potentially as another big piece for the pen.
It will be real important to both Bruce Rondon and the Tigers for him to make the team out of the spring. I think we are looking at a pretty fragile psyche and now more than ever, he needs to impress this team enough to bring him north.
If he ends up in Toledo, I am not optimistic about his future with the team and it may break him.