Winter Meetings Day 4

The last day of a very active winter meetings for Tigers fans is upon us. A look at what took place yesterday and what may take place today follows.

This should be old hat by now, but here are all the ways to keep up with the Winter Meetings at DTW.


  1. Stormin Norman $

    December 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Couple of comments re: some of your bullet points – ‘Leyland concerned about not having a leadoff hitter’ – confirms how out of touch Mr. Leyland is, the Tigers have not had a decent leadoff hitter in years (Granderson was NOT a good leadoff hitter)

    Lyon signs with the Astros – congrats on extracting $15M from the astros (and that tightwad Drayton McClain), but Brandon Minute Maid Park will not be kind to you… so don’t spend your $15M foolishly, you may need it to retire on.

    Don’t overpay for Rodney – let him go to the Phillies if it means signing a 2-3 year contract for over $6M per year… he’s not worth it. Also, Fernando see and apply the same advice dispensed to Lyon, as your next big contract very well likely will be your last.

    • Kathy

      December 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

      I’m just sick about losing Lyon, but my gosh, that’s a huge contract he got. Actually, I like Rodney, but not for 15 million. He’s probably looking for the big buck, too, and we’ll lose him. For cripes sakes, who’s gonna be our closer?

  2. TSE

    December 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

    The Tigers can’t select somebody and then immediately cut somebody to make room? Or couldn’t they release somebody in the final minutes just before they pick if a player is available that they want?

    • billfer

      December 10, 2009 at 9:27 am

      Nope. You have to have room on your roster before the draft starts to play along. Otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to the teams selecting in front of you.

      • TSE

        December 10, 2009 at 9:40 am

        That really sucks, there goes my hope that we draft a catcher and then deal Laird. Well at least we have Audy Ciriaco protected, I’m sure teams would be chomping at the bit for him or Don Kelly.

  3. J Ellet Lambie

    December 10, 2009 at 10:09 am


    Great job covering the meetings. Really outstanding work. Thanks for keeping us all informed.

  4. Coleman

    December 11, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Ugh–the Red Sox just basically gave Mike Lowell to the Rangers (they are paying most of his salary)…which means they are signing Beltre, right?

    Not that I’d want him for Detroit–I think he’s a good candidate for a “costs more than he’s worth” potential. Still–and they don’t seem to have to worry as much what a thing costs–I’m not looking forward to the prospect of Beltre leaving numerous dents in the Green Monstrosity…