Re: My Trade Target: Kendry Morales (or Trumbo)
posted at 9/11/2012 11:39 PM EDT
In response to TrotterNixon's comment:
Trumbo would only cost 500K!
Trumo would cost a lot in young talent, because he only costs 500K.
You lose, always.
The Tigers had no long term plans to keep Miggy at 3rd. A year removed from the decision to sign Fielder, which hasn't worked in 2012, there is no doubt the Tigers will look to move Miggy to more DH.
The Tigers will look to make changes in a construction plan that has failed. VMart will cost almost nothing in young talent to acquire because of his age and his contract bas. There is no way the Tigers are going to go with Fieler and Miggy and stack another 13M at DH, given the failure of the 2012 construction.
Trumbo is a nothing but a pipe dream, and a bad pipe dream. He will cost a lot in young talent and he's not worth it.
Trumbo could easily be a waste. I like the Saltalamacchia comparisons. Let the Angels have him. No way he will be worth what the Angels will want.
I do like the Martinez / Napoli suggestions. Obviously, Napoli is the easier guy to acquire, being a FA. While the Tigers did have some reported designs on having all three in their lineup, there is no way any sane baseball man can look at that arrangement and not think We probably should have some defense. This is exactly how we ruined 2008.
The fact that Cabrera played 3B THIS season, and their DH spot has been bounced around to guys like Andy Dirks, Delmon Young, Danny Worth, and several other lesser names, all but proves the plan was the long term idea. They gave away hot corner defensive whiz kid Brandon Inge to accommodate the bat of Andy Dirks this year? Not likely.
That said, their infield defense redefines the word horrendous. If Omar Infante fails to make a play, then all hope is truly lost. Jhonny Peralta has a reasonable option for next season, but if they bring him back to play SS, and leave those two menhir-handed monoliths at the corners, you have to wonder if they will ever realize that their infield has less range than a Red Rider BB Gun.
While I doubt Martinez comes easy, it won’t be crippling, either. The Tigers clearly want to win today. They DESPERATELY need middle infield defense, and need it 4 months ago. They seem to eschew defense-only players like Iglesias (and Inge), so if they have not learned from that mistake, doubtful they ever will. And certainly the Aviles / DeJesus / Ciricao crowd won’t get back Martinez.
Pitching, as always, is a need for Detroit, too.
The Sox major league expendables are bullpen arms, and some spare parts (Sweeney, the aforementioned utility infielders), and one of the catchers. While no match up is clear, certainly something could be worked out.
I still want to see non-hitter Iglesias as shortstop, but he should be in a Martinez deal, assuming the Detroit FO has any clue at all. On the other hand, Napoli might be there for the taking, and he is growing on me. I’ve thrown around names like Morse and Willingham as options, and Napoli is essentially the same hitter as both of them, or at least has been over the last 3 years. If Napoli would sign a 3 or 4 year deal, make him the higher priority. In 3 years, he will be the same age Martinez is now, and can presumably still play catcher every now and then. (Martinez really shouldn’t after knee surgery.) If the price or years for Napoli is exorbitant, and Martinez can be had for, say Bard and Iglesias, that trigger might be worth pulling instead…