By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Now that the Hot Stove League is heating up, there is plenty to contemplate about the home team and where they are headed.
Kurt and Holly don’t share and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. It almost always translates into a wide array of thoughts.
After so much promise, Stephen Moya more than likely has more value as a trade piece than a consideration for the Tigers’ roster in 2017. Any deal involving someone like JD should also include Moya, who is still at least a year away and fading. He’s just another disappointing example of a thin farm system that has yielded very little position player talent.
How valuable is a power hitting threat off the bench when you consider the Tigers may indeed miss a .171 hitter in Jarrod Saltalamacchia? Talks of Alex Avila returning to the Tigers would constitute a downgrade both as a bat off the bench but also as a reliable backup catcher. It really tells you where the team may be headed when players the caliber of Avila are considered for a return to Detroit.
Taking everything under consideration, who could have envisioned Brad Ausmus managing the Tigers for 4 seasons in Detroit? It’s interesting how he is now more of an appropriate managerial choice in his 4th season, with lower expectations, than he ever was in the first 3. My level of frustration heading into December? High.
There are only a handful of teams in the position to take on some of the Tigers’ mega-contracts, including Boston. But will Al Avila want to risk dealing with Dave Dombrowski, who is an expert at getting the best in trades? Will the two even want to discuss a trade given the messy departure and rumored bad feelings?
As the jousting between some of baseball’s top media and Kate Upton continues, an official poll was done to identify the top 25 Worst Sports Power Couples. And this is an award that Justin and Kate shouldn’t be happy winning as sports #1 “most insufferable” couple, beating out the likes of Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchen, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari, Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn and the Beckhams. They were labeled as the “King and Queen of doing too much online…..constantly feeling cheated of their due, but also constantly in a position to tell others what their inherent right are.” Ouch.
It seems that the Cy Young Award brings out the worst in players (or their fiancés). After inventing a social media stunt – where his wife “accidentally” threw his no-hit jersey into the trash – Max Scherzer was at it again with a fully staged, unabashed theatrical celebration of his win for live TV complete with supporting cast and exploding bottles of champagne cascading all over a jumping, screaming Max. So much for winners graciously accepting their awards and paying respect to their competition as Scherzer selfishly rubbed it in to Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester. Tacky.