ok, i wrote a longer version of this post awhile ago and managed to delete it, and it was really disappointing. i felt it might have been a sign from the gods to just forget it, but i have an irrational love of all things hot stove, so i'm still motivated for some reason. here are 3 things i think as we all recover from the excitement of not being involved in the darvish stuff at all:
1. i have joked a little on other threads about my fascination with david pauley, but seriously if the tigers spend more money on bullpen help before getting a 3rd baseman or 5th starter i'm going to be annoyed. even with a.a.'s injury, pauley can be at least the 12th man on a good staff. valverde, benoit, dotel, coke, other random lefty, balester, and pauley, and done. leave it alone dd. get some help elsewhere.
2. the price for mat latos mean gio gonzalez and others like him won't be a tiger, but that doesn't mean they won't get a starter. my vote is for paul maholm, not joe saunders, but if the cost is reasonable, i won't be steamed either way. but if they get another decent arm, it gives them so much more flexibilty now and in the future. you never know, a trade of someone like scherzer may end up being more likely than one for turner in a couple of months or next off-season.
3. the tigers are not going to disappoint me. they'll do something, and i think soon. my hope all along is a 3rd baseman first and foremost. chase headley, please. i dont know who, whether it's possibilities we've heard like him or prado or izturis, etc., or someone totally off the radar, but i think they do something. i even think it could be this week still. i just know they seem far from done. just a gut feeling, by the way. my imaginary sources haven't told me anything.
ok, i feel better now. please feel free to disagree or tell me the things you think as we approach the new year. also- just wanted to say happy holidays. i'm on this site a ton and everyone does a great job. thanks to kurt and all those who run everything, this is just fun.
p.s.- bonus unsolicited opinion- as much as i want it to happen, i say cespedes goes elsewhere.