OT: Carl Crawford agrees to massive deal.

OT: Carl Crawford agrees to massive deal.

Submitted by dieseljr32 on December 9th, 2010 at 12:05 AM

As per ESPN, Carl Crawford has supposedly agreed to a 7 year, $142 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.  This is good for him but bad for the Tigers.

If Tigers fans have been following the offseason then they will know Detroit was working with something like a $61 million salary cap and was looking to sign big name free agents.  They landed Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit but are still looking for more particularly in the outfield.

So far they have whiffed on Adam Dunn, Jayson Werth, and now Carl Crawford all potential prospects.  This pretty much blows.

WAY OT: Mets paying Bobby Bonilla until 2035????

WAY OT: Mets paying Bobby Bonilla until 2035????

Submitted by rb4kb8 on August 24th, 2010 at 3:11 PM



"Ask the Mets how much they enjoy having to pay Bobby Bonilla $1.1 million from 2011 to 2035 after he last played for the Mets in 1999."

I realize this really doesn't have much to do with UM, but seriously? 

Maybe Gary Bettman needs to get on the case and start investigating baseball contracts... ha.

And after further investigation... it's true.. nice retirement package.

OT -- Red Sox place claim on Johnny Damon

OT -- Red Sox place claim on Johnny Damon

Submitted by Moleskyn on August 23rd, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Per ESPN, the Red Sox have placed a claim on Johnny Damon.

The Tigers basically have three options at this point (assuming Damon decides to waive his no-trade clause):

  1. Work out a trade with Boston to get someone in return for Damon
  2. Let Damon go without getting anybody in return
  3. Pull Damon off waivers and basically say "Sorry, just kidding."

Personally, I'd like to see the Tigers work out a trade. Obviously, I'm sure the BoSox would prefer to get him for nothing, but I think DD would be stupid to just let him go.

Edit: Also this quote from Damon, per Jason Beck from mlb.com:

"The only reason why I would be considering it is to help out this team in the future," Damon said. "I love the Tigers organization and I love the fact that they're up-front and honest. If somehow they can get a good prospect back, a player that can help this team in the future, it would be beneficial for them. I would like to remain a Tiger, so I think that's why these next hours are pretty important."

OT: Why won't Miguel Cabrera be the MVP?

OT: Why won't Miguel Cabrera be the MVP?

Submitted by Togaroga on August 20th, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I was watching ESPN and they kept referring to Delmon Young as "MVP Candidate Delmon Young" as if that was his full, legal name.  His numbers don't even sniff Cabrera's. 

Players have begun to refer to Cabrera as the best hitter in the AL or sometimes even as the best hitter in all of baseball.  But ESPN, which seems to have an impact on the awards, doesn't tout his candidacy.  Now MVP is a complicated award, and I know that it doesn't necessarily go to the league's best player.

But, Cabrera currently ranks:

1st in AL and MLB in RBI

2nd in AL and MLB in HR

2nd in AL and MLB in Avg

Hamilton is having a good year, and I see him as the only real competition, but Cabrera should be the clear leader at this point.


OT -- Rick Porcello's career

OT -- Rick Porcello's career

Submitted by Moleskyn on August 12th, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Along with MGoBlog, I also typically read through Bless You Boys (a Tigers blog) on a daily basis. Recently, editor Kurt Mensching wrote his opinion on the way the Tigers are handling Rick Porcello.

For those of you who don't want to waste the time reading the whole article, he basically states that pitchers like Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Zach Greinke all had to spend substantial time in the minors before they were able to turn the corner in their major league careers. He says that the Tigers are basically ruining Porcello's chances of becoming the star pitcher that he has the potential to be by keeping him in the majors, and not giving him the time (and less pressure) he needs to work on his game in the minors.

However, if you send Porcello to the minors, you inevitably have to fill his spot in the rotation. And that's where the difficulty lies. Do you promote from the minors, and subsequently hurt the development of another prospect? Convert a middle reliever to a SP role, and create another gap to fill?

Personally, I think the Tigers should option him down to Toledo for the rest of the season and shouldn't bring him back to Detroit until June of next year. I think it's safe to say we're no longer playoff contenders, so there really seems to be no reason to keep him here. As far as filling his role, I'd say their best bet is to move Eddie Bonine or Brad Thomas into the rotation and get guys like Schlereth, Figaro, and other minor league relievers into a sort of rotation to fill in the bullpen. This would enable them to keep guys like Andy Oliver (who also looks to have good potential) in the minors, and give them the time they need to develop.

What are your thoughts?