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#621 GoWings1905

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

Pretty surprising turn of events to see Sanchez wind up back in a Tigers uniform. While a lot of people are now pointing to Porcello as trade bait, I'd only like to see him go if it brought real value back to Detroit. A trade straight up for a closer would really suck.

Regardless, you've got to consider their rotation one of, if not the best rotation in the AL.


Absolutely agree. I think the Cubs were ultimately just used to get Sanchez the deal he wanted with the Tigers. I love he's staying though. The ace in JV followed up by probably three number twos. Definitely the best rotation in the AL, right there with the Nationals for all of baseball.

I also don't want to trade Porcello for a closer. The Tigers ideally need a young shortstop and/or starting pitcher back in return. The rumor of Porcello for Bourjos was laughable and I like Bourjos. If there isn't a really good deal out there for the Tigers, then hang on to Porcello and have some insane pitching depth.

Wouldn't mind taking a shot with Brian Wilson in the closer's role. I would be stunned if DD goes into Spring Training letting a rookie close games on a team trying to win the World Series. Nobody internally is cut out for the job if Rondon isn't ready.
 
 
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

I also don't want to trade Porcello for a closer. The Tigers ideally need a young shortstop and/or starting pitcher back in return. The rumor of Porcello for Bourjos was laughable and I like Bourjos. If there isn't a really good deal out there for the Tigers, then hang on to Porcello and have some insane pitching depth.

Wouldn't mind taking a shot with Brian Wilson in the closer's role. I would be stunned if DD goes into Spring Training letting a rookie close games on a team trying to win the World Series. Nobody internally is cut out for the job if Rondon isn't ready.


I think Wilson is an interesting option. Shouldn't cost too much, given the risk associated with his two Tommy John surgeries. He won't be ready for awhile yet, but I'd take a chance on him. I definitely want to see them get another proven arm to bolster the 'pen for the exact reasons you outlined.

I also completely agree about the rumored Porcello-for-Bourjos move. Of course, Tigers fans everywhere drool at the idea of Porcello-for-Trumbo, but I can't imagine the Angels parting with a thumper who has some speed and can field his position just fine when they really don't have to. Unless Kid Rick can bring back a quality shortstop or corner outfielder, I don't see the point in trading him. I understand that he is the team's most valuable chip whose stock is still considered on the rise and whose cost will go up next year, but there's nothing wrong with having a plethora of good starting pitching - ask Tampa Bay.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

Angels trade 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to Seattle for LHP Jason Vargas.

Not that a trade was imminent or even likely between Detroit and either Anaheim or Seattle but, they did seem to be fits and were often mentioned in discussions with the Angels linked to Porcello and Seattle to Brennan Boesch. Granted, a Porcello-for-Morales trade would have been only slightly more useless than a Boesch-for-Vargas, so maybe the pieces didn't fit as well as it had initially seemed. Like I said the other day, Trumbo wasn't going anywhere and now the Angels have no need to trade him. I'm not sold on Porcello being shipped out, anyway, so that's fine.

I would have liked to have moved Boesch for something, though - bullpen arm, infielder, decent prospects maybe. The Angels-Mariners trade doesn't kill Boesch being shipped out, maybe even to Seattle, but it probably hurts things a little as Seattle seemed to be the only interested suitor.

It's a weird feeling - without hockey I want the Tigers to be making moves and headlines to keep the sports fan in me entertained, but truthfully they don't need to do much of anything to have a complete team. Sure, a more athletic SS would be nice and would make the line-up rock solid, but it isn't likely and isn't exactly necessary. Truthfully, the only pieces the Tigers need going forward are in the bullpen and left field. I'd really be happy seeing Detroit make any number of additions to the bullpen and Scott Hairston seems like a perfect fit as a platoon partner for Andy Dirks from his numbers against lefties to his estimated cost, but we'll see what happens.

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