Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Just a couple days after trading for Angels SS/Utility man Andrew Romine to compete in a SS platoon, the Tigers have acquired veteran SS Alex Gonzalez. Tigers traded away Steve Lombardozzi, who was acquired in the Fister trade.
Looks like the SS position in now in the hands of the 37-year old, 15 year veteran, and Romine will handle utility duties at 2B, SS and 3B. Bad news for Danny Worth fans.
They improve to 9-14-1 on the year.
Max Scherzer is taking a gamble on himself to reproduce or upstage his 2013 Cy Young season by rejecting a long term offer from the Tigers. It would appear Dombrowski's offer was more than fair considering Max would have paid among the top 6 pitchers in baseball.
Thoughts on this? Honestly it's a bit surprising that Dombrowski offered that much, and it's even more surprising the Scherzer rejected said offer. I suppose this could be Boras being Boras, but honestly that seems like a huge gamble for Max or he doesn't enjoy Detroit nearly as much as he puts out there.
EDIT: updated to show the figures.
Source: Tigers’ offer to Max Scherzer was six years, $144 million. That was what Cole Hamels signed for in 2012. @FOXSportsLive— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 23, 2014
Michigan baseball (8-12-1) begins Big Ten play this weekend on the road against the preseason conference favorite and defending conference champion Indiana (10-8). Today's game is about to start; the Saturday game is scheduled for 2:05 pm; and the Sunday game, which will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, starts at 1:05 pm.
By RPI ratings (see Pseudo-RIPs), Indiana is a significant favorite, with the Wolverines at #162 and the Hoosiers #21. But Michigan has shown improvement since a rough start to the season, especially in their pitching, and their team ERA of 3.43 is third in the Big Ten (Indiana is first at 2.69). Michigan's record is somewhat deceiving because they've been in a bunch of close games, most of which they lost. Their record in one-run games is 3-7, and they also lost one game by two runs that went into extra innings. A number of the close losses came early in the season when closer Jacob Cronenworth was unable to pitch because he was still recovering from off-season labrum surgery. The team lost more than one game in which they had gone into the late innings with a lead. Cronenworth has proved how vital he is to the team since returning to the mound as he's appeared in five games and earned 1 win and 4 saves.
In regard to the starters, fifth-year senior Ben Ballantine (2-0, 2.08 ERA) has performed so well that he's been moved into the #1/Friday pitching spot and will start today's game. With 27 strikeouts, he's tied for the Big Ten lead in that category. Pitching for Indiana today is southpaw Joey DeNato, who's 3-1 on the season with a 1.95 ERA.
Erik Bakich said on his WTKA interview this week that he expects the team to be back at full strength for this series. That includes Jackson Lamb, who's been in and out of the lineup the last few weekends because of a back injury. Lamb is back in the starting lineup today, and hopefully he can help bolster the Wolverines' offense. Michigan ranks eighth in the Big Ten in batting average at .240. Jackson Glines has been stellar all year, Kyle Jusick has been consistently good, and Travis Maezes broke out of his slump last weekend and is now batting over .300—but they could use a couple more players getting some timely hits.
Meanwhile, the Michigan baseball team (7-10-1; RPI: 204) is taking on the host of the College of Charleston tournament in a doubleheader this afternoon, with both games scheduled to be seven-inning affairs. CofC (13-4; RPI: 59) began the season winning 2 of 3 over then #12 North Carolina.
Evan Hill (1-1, 4.38 ERA) is starting for Michigan in the first game, Logan McAnallen (1-1, 2.89 ERA) in the second. Jackson Lamb is not in the starting lineup for the first game and didn't play yesterday either—evidently his back must be bothering him again.
There's free streaming of both games. Here's an embed: