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Both CFs we were talking about Austin Jackson and Peter Bourjos  end up in the AL Central with minor league deals. 

Mikie adds some good depth for a bench clearing brawl though...seems like he would be the first one in the pile.

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3 hours ago, Da Guru said:

Both CFs we were talking about Austin Jackson and Peter Bourjos  end up in the AL Central with minor league deals. 

Mikie adds some good depth for a bench clearing brawl though...seems like he would be the first one in the pile.

AJax only got a minor league deal?   I could see him bounce back and have a solid year given a chance.  I guess the Tigers don't like re-treads unless they really suck.  

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Rays got Rasmus for $5mil. Guess that money is better spent on Mike Pelfrey :loco:

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13 hours ago, Bojang0301 said:

Rays got Rasmus for $5mil. Guess that money is better spent on Mike Pelfrey :loco:

Sometimes I don`t get baseball contracts.  Pelfrey had no other team that was interested in him and I remember they were talking 1 year at 5 million. How does it end up 2 at 16? Why not 2 at 10?  Hell..why not 1 at the vet minimum?

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1 hour ago, Da Guru said:

Sometimes I don`t get baseball contracts.  Pelfrey had no other team that was interested in him and I remember they were talking 1 year at 5 million. How does it end up 2 at 16? Why not 2 at 10?  Hell..why not 1 at the vet minimum?

I mean I concede to say that the Upton contract is what has their backs against the wall right now. It's still funny to me how much flexibility Pelfrey's $8mil would have given them with this years FA crop. They could have basically said this is who were signing for CF or just kept Maybin.

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The Jim Leyland "A Baseball life" on MLBN was awesome.  I have been a Tigers fan for 3+ decades, I love them more than my family, and I think Leyland is the best manager we ever had.  Wish we still had that grumpy #######, he had the talent and the strategy to win a World Series in Detroit but it just came up short.  Again, 2013 was the best chance.  That was their year. 

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3 hours ago, Doctor Detroit said:

The Jim Leyland "A Baseball life" on MLBN was awesome.  I have been a Tigers fan for 3+ decades, I love them more than my family, and I think Leyland is the best manager we ever had.  Wish we still had that grumpy #######, he had the talent and the strategy to win a World Series in Detroit but it just came up short.  Again, 2013 was the best chance.  That was their year. 

I saw the show on Wednesday. Very insightful. Seeing guys like Sheffield and Bonds be so openly emotional about their feelings for Leyland is a testament to the impact he had. 

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The News put out a list of possible "bargain bin" FA's Tigers might be interested in:

Michael Bourn, CF

At 34, he’s a shell of the player he was in his prime, but he still has some athleticism, and the Tigers are lacking there. He can steal bases, and can play center field, where the Tigers don’t have a preferred starter. He can be had for $2 million or less as he tries to rebuild his value.

Doug Fister, SP

The Tigers starting rotation could be a strength, especially on top with Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann. But Zimmermann’s health is a concern, as is Anibal Sanchez. Fister, 33, had great years in Detroit, and a familiar setting could help him rebound.

Luke Hochevar, RP

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, his career seemed to take off once the Royals moved him from starter to reliever. Then he had Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago, and hasn’t been quite as dominant. That said, Hochevar, 33, still has put up great peripheral statistics.

Angel Pagan, OF

Here’s another center-field possibility who could compete for a job with Tyler Collins, JaCoby Jones and Mikie Mahtook. Pagan, 35, didn’t play much center last season, but was the Giants’ starting center fielder the year before. He’s got some pop, and still can steal some bases.

Travis Wood, RP

The Tigers’ bullpen, obviously, has long been the team’s Achilles’ heel, even in years when it was supposed to be much-improved. Wood, 30, a lefty, isn’t a big name by any means, but he was remarkably efficient for the Cubs in 2016, his first full year as a reliever after moving from the rotation.

Other possibilities

Coco Crisp, OF; Sam Fuld, OF; Peter Moylan, RP; Carlos Villanueva, RP

Tigers’ spring training starts Tuesday. Opening Day is April 3 on the road against the Chicago White Sox, with the home opener April 7 against the Boston Red Sox.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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I'd take a flier on Pagan 

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8 hours ago, Dan Lambskin said:

I'd take a flier on Pagan 

Hochevar would be a good risk/reward guy too.  Two inning bullpen guy with upside. 

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Mike Illitch. RIP. 

Great, great owner. 

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2 minutes ago, whoknew said:

Mike Illitch. RIP. 

Great, great owner. 

Yep did so many great things for the city and wings and tigers.  Hopefully the family still makes it a priority 

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That makes me sad 

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He deserved to have a team win a World Series. 

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1 hour ago, Greco said:

He deserved to have a team win a World Series. 

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2 hours ago, whoknew said:

Mike Illitch. RIP. 

Great, great owner. 

Detroit was lucky to have him. Probably the best sports owner Motown has ever seen (though I also had a ton of respect for Mr. Davidson.)

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RIP MR.I   I wish they could of won a series in 06 or 12 for ya......

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Respect a man like that who gives so much to one city.  RIP.  

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GD this makes me sad.,..wish the Tigers could have won one for him.

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31 minutes ago, wadegarrett said:

Respect a man like that who gives so much to one city.  RIP.  

No doubt.  RIP

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Like they were just saying, Mr I was the biggest Tigers fan there was. And he was the owner! So great, loved that guy. 

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Sad news, he was awesome to the Tigers.  It would not be shocking to see a huge fire sale unfortunately.  

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On ‎2‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 5:55 PM, jon_mx said:

Sad news, he was awesome to the Tigers.  It would not be shocking to see a huge fire sale unfortunately.  

If they are way out of it early on or nearing the trade deadline. Pretty sure they won't be throwing in the towel this close to his death.

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Just now, Leroy Hoard said:

If they are way out of it early on or nearing the trade deadline. Pretty sure they won't be throwing in the towel this close to his death.

The trading deadline will be the first real opportunity.  The Tigers need to be within a couple of games, or the chips will start to fall, IMHO.  Of course who knows how the will plays out and if there is any battles. 

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Detroit News article: So that would seem to suggest there’s just no wiggle room for the Tigers these days. But that’s not completely true. There remains a possibility the Tigers could sign a bargain free agent or two before spring training starts next week, or even during spring training. Any such deal, after all, likely would be a one-year pact, and not have any effect on 2018’s payroll. With that in mind, here are some options that remain on the free-agent market.

Michael Bourn, CF

At 34, he’s a shell of the player he was in his prime, but he still has some athleticism, and the Tigers are lacking there. He can steal bases, and can play center field, where the Tigers don’t have a preferred starter. He can be had for $2 million or less as he tries to rebuild his value.

Doug Fister, SP

The Tigers starting rotation could be a strength, especially on top with Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann. But Zimmermann’s health is a concern, as is Anibal Sanchez. Fister, 33, had great years in Detroit, and a familiar setting could help him rebound.

Luke Hochevar, RP

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, his career seemed to take off once the Royals moved him from starter to reliever. Then he had Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago, and hasn’t been quite as dominant. That said, Hochevar, 33, still has put up great peripheral statistics.

Angel Pagan, OF

Here’s another center-field possibility who could compete for a job with Tyler Collins, JaCoby Jones and Mikie Mahtook. Pagan, 35, didn’t play much center last season, but was the Giants’ starting center fielder the year before. He’s got some pop, and still can steal some bases.

Travis Wood, RP

The Tigers’ bullpen, obviously, has long been the team’s Achilles’ heel, even in years when it was supposed to be much-improved. Wood, 30, a lefty, isn’t a big name by any means, but he was remarkably efficient for the Cubs in 2016, his first full year as a reliever after moving from the rotation.

Other possibilities

Coco Crisp, OF; Sam Fuld, OF; Peter Moylan, RP; Carlos Villanueva, RP

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I really don't like that Michael Fulmer is pitching in the WBC.

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39 minutes ago, whoknew said:

I really don't like that Michael Fulmer is pitching in the WBC.

Really don`t get that.  Trying to limit his innings and he will have a bunch on his arm before the season starts.

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I hate when any of my players on any of my teams are doing anything that could injure or wear them out. But Go USA?

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5 hours ago, whoknew said:

I really don't like that Michael Fulmer is pitching in the WBC.

Add Jimmenez to the list too.  I suppose I get wanting him to face big time hitters, but I would much rather see him ready to help the club as I think he'll be a call up way sooner than later.

AND, not a pitcher, but I hate the idea of Vmart doing much of anything before the start of the regular season.  

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Wish the Tigers would have been more patient with Robbie Ray. Was watching some highlights of him from last year on the MLB Network and his stuff is electric. Fastball was hitting 96-97.

Ray has a higher K per 9 rate than Sherzer and  just turned 25.  If he can get his walks down he is going to be a stud.

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On ‎2‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 7:57 AM, Bojang0301 said:

Good job for a guy who has played every position including pitcher.

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On ‎2‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 7:35 AM, Bojang0301 said:

Raburn signed with Reds... bullet dodged

Dam..

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On 2/16/2017 at 10:59 AM, Leroy Hoard said:

I hate when any of my players on any of my teams are doing anything that could injure or wear them out. But Go USA?

The worst for me is when Dirk Nowitzki plays with Germany. Not only do I not want him getting injured, I have no interest in his team winning.

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Jimenez is turning lots of heads.  Not sure what to think about them looking at Infante in CF.  

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1 hour ago, jon_mx said:

Jimenez is turning lots of heads.  Not sure what to think about them looking at Infante in CF.  

Throwing poo at the wall and seeing what sticks.

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Just now, Bojang0301 said:

Throwing poo at the wall and seeing what sticks.

I am hoping it is more of seeing his value as a utility player.  If it is a real shot at starting, Tigers may be in worse shape than imagined. 

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The CBS guys were railing on the Tigers for the money they have tied up in JV, Miggy, JUP, and JZimm. 

Sorry but half that group is playing at an MVP level and the other half is within the market norm.  How anyone can include JV or Miggy in the current Tigers makeup misses the whole point, they are there to grab a share of seats in Comerica for one, and they are playing like HOFers for another.  No reason to think Miggy will slow down during his contract years and if JV stays healthy, I think he's gonna be one of the best pitchers of his generation.  Sure JUP and JZimm are ???? but let's give them more than one year to evaluate.  :2cents:

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