By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment has become a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Once again, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a wide variety of topics.
Take a look and see what our writers have on their minds this week.
This week the Tigers have made the decision to stretch Michael Fulmer out in order for him to remain a starter. This is an unexpected decision based on their past desire to consider him for an immediate bullpen role. Does this open the door just a bit for Bruce Rondon to earn a roster spot in Detroit?
I would not overreact to the offensive success of Bryan Holaday; there is no doubt he has already had an amazing spring at the plate. But, Salty was brought on as a stabilizing presence for James McCann and also as a valuable lefty bat with the ability to play first on occasion. Versatility rules.
Despite Sanchez’s recovery from his arm issues earlier in the spring, I really won’t feel comfortable until his first successful start of the regular season. And don’t think for a minute that the decision to keep Fulmer as a starter isn’t directly connected to the uncertain health of Anibal Sanchez.
Alex Wilson has been temporarily shut down due to the same arm soreness that plagued him at the end of last year. Blaine Hardy was recently quoted about how tired his arm was at the end of the season. Was their overuse the fault of the manager or the fault of the GM’s roster strategy? Or both?
Alan Trammell mentioned in an interview that when he came back onboard, he reported to Brad Ausmus. But now, he reports directly to Al Avila. Is the change due to having a new GM? New responsibilities? Or is Al giving some thought to how this year may eventually shake out given that Brad is in the last year of his contract?
A number of studies have come out showing that players today, who are 30 years old and up, are not as productive in this era as they were in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. This directly impacts the recent trend of giving players long-term contracts in their 30’s. Only this year have we seen a new reluctance by many GMs to sign athletes to agreements longer than 3 years if they’ve already reached this age benchmark.