October 23rd, 2014 at 9:50 AM
By Max DeMara
With the World Series already two games old, an offseason of important decisions is beginning to draw ever closer for the Detroit Tigers.
In addition to free agency, the Tigers will likely have to get creative during the offseason to fill a handful of their needs. That includes exploring the possibility of some trades. Detroit certainly has a few players that could fit well in deals, and provide them a solid return.
Who are the top three players that could surface in trade discussions as the winter evolves? Here's a look.
1. David Price, LHP. This could play out exactly like the Max Scherzer saga may. Detroit has no knowledge that Price would sign a long-term deal to return to the Tigers after 2015. They gave up plenty to get the elite lefty in the fold for a few years, but quietly, dealing Price could be the key to unlocking the whole offseason. By trading him, Detroit could likely land an elite outfielder, perhaps a top of the rotation arm and possibly bullpen help. Watch teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs closely. Two of the three could use pitching, and the Dodgers are never adverse to adding a big name in the offseason. Detroit never made the move with Scherzer, but could entertain the thought this time around if it meant getting multiple difference makers.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 11:45 AM
By Max DeMara
Welcome to Tiger Tales, a bi-weekly look at the top five news stories from around the web about the Motor City Kitties.
Game one of the World Series is barely 24 hours old, but that won't stop many Detroit Tigers' fans from likely keeping their eyes on the future prize.
The quicker the fall classic ends, of course, the faster the offseason and specifically, free agency can begin. As far as Detroit's thinking and planning goes, silence has been the only story thus far, but that has much to do with timing than anything else.
Who might the team be targeting from the outside? What does Brad Ausmus plan to do differently next season? Tiger Tales provides a look at what's been going around on the internet lately.
1. Could Colby Rasmus Be The Answer In Center Field? A week ago, Dave Dombrowski mentioned he'd like to add another left-handed bat to the lineup. He also mentioned he might like to see an upgrade in center field. James Schmehl of MLive connects the dots and speculates Detroit may look at Rasmus, likely the top free agent outfielder available who meets these criteria. Price will be an issue, as will the sparse career production of Rasmus. There are four other names Schmehl mentions in the piece, three pitchers and another outfielder, but they won't be spoiled here.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 21st, 2014 at 9:31 AM
By Max DeMara
The Detroit Tigers enjoyed a decent amount of team success in 2014, winning the Central Division for the fourth consecutive year.
Personally, however, there was much less individual decoration than in years past. Detroit will likely not have an award winner on the roster, and did not see many players establish new career highs in categories, other than Victor Martinez and J.D, Martinez who were each outstanding.
Knowing this, there are plenty of people who need to elevate their game for next year on the roster. Today, we look at five such examples which could hold the key to Detroit turning things around next season on a grander scale.
1. Alex Avila. Lost in all of Avila's unfortunate battles with injury were the fact that when healthy, he failed to be an offensive difference maker much of the season. Clutch hits came few and far between for the catcher until the very end of the year, but as one of the important left-handed bats in the lineup, the Tigers can't wait around much longer for Avila to perk up offensively and figure things out at the plate. Defensively, the catcher always hangs in there, but his bat has become such a liability that it's rendering his defense nearly meaningless.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 20th, 2014 at 10:36 AM
By Max DeMara
Late in the season, the Detroit Tigers called up Steven Moya from the Erie SeaWolves after his season concluded. He wasn't given enough at-bats down the stretch, though, and struggled to make an impact.
But that hasn't stopped Moya from tearing things up in the fall league. Through 33 games, Moya is hitting .303 with one home run, eight RBI, four steals, and a cool .515 slugging percentage.
Moya, of course, already put together an outstanding season in Erie, clubbing 35 home runs and 105 RBIs while being named the Eastern League's MVP while playing out the season for the Seawolves.
Could Moya be a player that makes a big impact for the Tigers in 2015, taking over right field if Torii Hunter doesn't return or isn't retained? Last week, Dave Dombrowski spoke glowingly about the prospect, but was also cautious in anointing Moya with anything.
"We love Steven Moya," Dombrowski said about his young outfielder. "He plays solid defense, runs well enough for a big guy too, and he had a great year in the Eastern League."Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 17th, 2014 at 9:26 AM
By Max DeMara
On one hand, Torii Hunter is a team leader, a positive influence in the community and a player still capable of finding plenty of clutch hits on the diamond.
On the other, he's an aging member of a Detroit Tigers' team that many maintain is watching their title window close slowly by the day. His impact in right field is now limited, at best, and his streakiness at the plate sometimes overrides anything else he might provide the team. In the field and on the bases, he's become a plodder.
For all these reasons. Dave Dombrowski will face a tough decision—perhaps his toughest of the offseason—in deciding what to do with Hunter in the weeks ahead. Either Hunter will call it a career himself or return to the Tigers, it seems, if he would be welcomed back there.
"I don't think I've been around a better guy on a team, leader in the clubhouse," Dombrowski said of Hunter this week. "Where all that fits right now we still haven't made final decisions, and so, we'll have to just wait and see how our pieces fit together as far as we go forward."Read more... Join the Conversation...