AL HAS SPOKEN … AGAIN

Kurt Bio PictureBy:  Kurt Snyder

“Quite frankly, last year we had a revolving door in center field and we still made it until the end,” he said. “We feel great about the team. We feel we can compete.”   – Al Avila


Ladies and gentlemen: Mr. Avila has spoken again. And when he  speaks, there are too many words, too much detail, and way more than we want anyone to know.

Because what we are finding out is that he really means what he says.  Disclosure is one of his greatest strengths … or weaknesses.

Tuesday, he addressed centerfield, which quite frankly was a relief to all of us wondering what might happen, you know, in one of the most expansive pieces of acreage in all of baseball.

The answer? He’s good with what we have. And he justified the situation by touching on how unsettled things were in centerfield, because of the injuries to Cam Maybin causing others to have to fill in. You know.  Baseball stuff.

The “revolving door” of Gose to Maybin to Collins to Romine to Jones went on and on, with Cam getting most of the time when he was healthy. But Maybin had his fair share of injuries as he always does. They have held him back from what was originally billed as a potentially incredible baseball career waiting to happen when he came up to the big leagues with the Tigers.

For Maybin, 2016 was arguably his best, offensively. He became a leader and a main source for inspiration and motivation. But the first chance Al got to let him go, he did, which is turning out to be not such a great idea, given the internal options and the seemingly very real intent to settle for them.

An outfield already suffering from severe defensive deficiencies will now need to make do without the one player who was the best defender of the 3.

Maybe most importantly, Maybin was a glue guy for Detroit, and the Angels, if they can keep him on the field, are going to find that out real fast. He will have an impact on that team.

And internally the Tigers don’t have anyone to replace all those important variables. The Tigers have saved $9M this season setting Maybin free. But I am not sure that’s the area I would have chosen to save money. When you give up the glue, things tend to fall apart.

Our GM seemed proud about surviving that “revolving door” in center and how the Tigers still “made it to the end,” in 2016. You decide what that means. I have thoughts on that I will save for another time.

And of course, there is that word “compete,” again, our goal for 2017. Here’s to setting our sights low. Intending to contend sounds like it is off the board.

 

17 thoughts on “AL HAS SPOKEN … AGAIN

  1. I have seen Avila criticized for playing his hand early and how it hurt their trade possibilities. so is it possible he is taking the opposite approach ? In order to drive the price down to agents thinking he’s desperate ? Maybe he finally leaned how to play the game .

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  2. Maybe it depends on what Avila means by “made it to the end”? Does he mean they somehow survived the season? But didn’t they actually only play 161 games? Maybe they didn’t make it to the end afterall.

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  3. Eisenhower was asked, why he waited so long on the go or no go decision before D-Day, he said, I’m paraphrasing, don’t make a decision before you have to. The Tigers don’t need to make any decisions right now, lets wait and see what happens and let the environment develop, who knows something may happen we can’t see right now.

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  4. “An outfield already suffering from severe defensive deficiencies will now need to make do without the one player who was the best defender of the 3.” That’s pretty much like being the best bobsledder in Jamaica, Kurt. Maybin was a passable 4th option as the defensive CF, never a good 1st option.

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  5. I miss Maybin as much as anyone, but where else were the Tigers going to save money? $9MM for a part time player is just too much.

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    • Given the misjudgement of the market, I am sure Avila would have held onto Cam if he had it to do over again. Actually I envisioned KRod leaving, but understand the desire to hold onto him as a trade piece down the line. Thanks for the comment, Kurthttps://totallytigers.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

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      • Letting KRod go was the worst thing they could have done. While not a classic closer anymore, he is cheap, gets the job done, is reportedly good for some of the young guys coming up and assuming a decent season from him while the Tigers slide, a good trade chip at the trade deadline. Easy decision, if only one it had to be KRod.

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      • Given the crazy money thrown at relievers this offseason, I’m glad they kept KRod. It would have been ugly to have revolving doors at both CF and Closer.

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  6. Since the Dodgers & Twins haven’t worked out a deal for Dozier yet, there still may be a chance that Kinsler goes to LA. I wouldn’t mind Andrew Toles as a LH hitting platoon piece in CF with Jones (or Romine if Jones has bad spring training). Out of options Machado takes over 2B.

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    • Kinsler to Machado is a massive downgrade. I sure don’t see Toles helping the Tigers nearly as much as losing Kinsler hurts them. And I will be amazed if Jones hits well enough to hold down half of a platoon.

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      • Didn’t throw this out as a way to make the team better. I was thinking more along the lines of the on again off again salary dump dictate while trying to fill a pretty large hole. I’ll take a couple bad years to get younger, cheaper & more athletic if it avoids the malaise the Red Wings are in.

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    • I prefer to take issue with the Company Line, not the guy who is being paid handsomely to toe that line. Repeating myself, but, there is still plenty of time to go before Opening Day and I’d like to think something is going to happen to help the team.

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  7. I honestly don’t believe the Tigers will miss Maybin at all. He played little more than half the season. Someone will come shaking down from the trees. And just who is he going to beat out for a spot on the Angels. Mike Trout? Cole Calhoun? Ben Revere? He’ll be their 4th outfielder at best,

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    • Check out the Tigers’ 2016 record with and without Maybin. They were truly terrible when he wasn’t playing. They will miss him a ton if there is no plausible replacement;.

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  8. If the question is, “Who can play a competent center field?” the answer is not, Anthony Gose. Neither the metrics nor my observation show him as much of a fielder and he’s a platoon player only; he hits lefties as if he were a pitcher. I’d suggest we see how much it would take to get Desmond Jennings for a year.

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