A couple days ago, Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila announced that the Tigers’ era of free wheeling and big spending is (likely) over.
Gone are the days of monster free agent contracts like those doled out to Prince Fielder, Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann, and Victor Martinez. Also (probably) gone are the huge contract extensions to stars like Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Victor Martinez.
The Tigers, Avila stated in an offseason press conference, have been operating well over their means and it’s time for the team to cut back and “get leaner.”
Avila’s comments, in fact, seem to suggest the Tigers will look to trim some of the fat while attempting to remain competitive, but it won’t be easy. It could even become painful. The Tigers might part with several familiar, well-loved faces in their efforts to cut back and operate within the means of the organization (whatever that means).
What does this all mean for the Tigers heading into the 2016 offseason and looking ahead to 2017?
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“The Tigers need to fire Al Avila!”
That’s not happening. Not less than half a year after letting Dave Dombrowski go. Let’s move on, folks.
“The Tigers need to sweep out all the underperforming players and get completely new ones!”
This is ridiculous for many reasons. No one is going to generously decide to help the Tigers offload Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, or Victor Martinez, for example. The only ones who could possibly bring back any value right now are Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez. Miggy, JV, and Victor have hefty contracts and are also on the wrong side of 30. Kinsler is in his 30s, but doesn’t have the recent injury history of those three and is coming off a Gold Glove-caliber season at second base.
“The Tigers need to sweep out the entire coaching staff right now!”
Firings are actually a strong possibility. Still don’t think it’s all Brad Ausmus’ fault, but he’ll likely be the fall guy. However, the team is probably not going to go scorched earth on the whole coaching staff in mid-May. Only one or two guys, at the most, will get the axe… if anyone does. Say all you want about how Ausmus has “lost the team” and the players “don’t respect him.” The players are still supporting him and don’t think he should be blamed for their struggles.
“The Tigers should trade Michael Fulmer for Denard Span!”
No, that’s not gonna happen.
“Well, then the Tigers should trade Daniel No—”
Shut the entire hell up.
“THE TIGERS SHOULD HIRE OZZIE GUILLÉN!!!!”
Ha ha! The joke was on me! The Tigers really did trade Fielder for Kinsler! The Tigers are also going to send $30mil to Texas in the deal.
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I originally put this together during the 2008 season (ha, fitting!) and thought I’d bring it back. :P Presenting: Music To Listen To When Your Baseball Team Loses
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Teh reputable blogs and beat writers have the nuts and bolts of the trade:
Tigers acquire Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias as part of three-way trade (Bless You Boys)
Red Sox Acquire Jake Peavy In Three-Team Deal With White Sox, Tigers (MLB Trade Rumors)
Tigers deal Avisail Garcia, Brayan Villarreal to get shortstop insurance in Iglesias (Oakland Press)
Detroit Tigers trade Avisail Garcia, Brayan Villarreal for Jose Iglesias as part of three-team deal
Trade means Jhonny Peralta’s days in Detroit are numbered whether or not suspension comes (MLive)
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