With SS and 3B done, OF and Catcher remain the biggest needs for the boys. I think it is safe to say that AJax will be starting in center, and the corner positions are up for grabs.
In May and June of last year, Boesch in Left and Maggs in Right helped to form a respectable outfield, and a formidable lineup. But Boesch’s collapse and Maggs’ constant injuries cast doubt on a Boesch, Jackson, Maggs trio for 2011.
Ordonez had his $15M option turned down by the Tigers, but they are still expected to negotiate with him in the coming weeks. Keep in mind that he will be 37 next year (older than any of the full time OFers listed below), and his games played have been on a steady decline since 2007, bottoming out at 84 last year. Boras is already playing his games.
John Lowe wrote on Sunday that the three big bats that the Tigers will chase will be Adam Dunn, Jayson Werth, and Carl Crawford. Crawford in the outfield with Jackson would be lethal, but Crawford is expected to receive big offers from a number of teams. Werth and Dunn will not come cheaply either, though at least one MLB.com writer is predicting Dunn to the Tigers.
I’ve seen more than one baseball writer hint that the Tigers might make a play for Jeter, though this was written before the Peralta signing. Would Jeter play LF?
Damon is a free agent, but I can not imagine a repeat of him at DH, at least not as a first option. I was shocked to read that Damon was coming off of a “pretty solid season” on ESPN insider yesterday. Damon hit 8 HR with 51 RBA and a .756 OPS last year.
Another reason why I pass in Damon, is that once you get past the big boys who are DH/OF combos, there are plenty of good options left at DH. Thome, Matsui, Vlad, Sweeney. Heck, could Brad Hawpe resurrect his career? He’s only 31…
Hopefully Ilitch will have some money left after his next purchase.
In the feel good story of the day – the Tigers resigned Max St. Pierre to a minor league contract. Terms were undisclosed.
What do you think?