I had planned to start with starting pitching, but last week’s Inge resigning prompts that we start at 3B.
Inge benefited from a weak free agent class and DD’s inexplicable man-crush. Two years, $11M, with a club option at $6M for the third. $5.5M/yr isn’t all that bad, until you consider that:
– he’s a career OPS+ of 85 (this is waaaaaaaaaaaaay too low for an AL 3B).
– he’s had exactly one OPS+ season above 100, and that was in 2004 when the Tigers were managed by this guy.
– his career 3B fielding pct of .961 is suspect, and his 8.73 ZR over the last two years is marginal, at best.
At least’s it’s a pay cut (he made $6.6M this year). Rosenberg wrote over the weekend that Inge is thrilled to stay in Det. No kidding. The Freep had a reader column on Saturday which pretty much summed up the sentiment we’ve seen here for years.
There’s really not a whole lot in the hopper in the minors, but I’m wondering if Raburn would have been a better option. Kelly could not be much worse, and he would have been significantly cheaper.