I read the following and then it occurred to me, the answer to the Tiger's inconsistency at third base may be a free agent away for a starting bid of 8 years and $200 million.
This would provide the Tigers with a batting order of: (1) CF-Jackson; (2) LF-Dirks; (3) 3B-Pujols; (4) 1B-Cabrera; (5) DH-VMart; (6) RF-Boesch; (7) C-Avila; (8) SS-Peralta; and (9) 2B-Sizemore. Now that is pretty incredible! Next year we will free ourselves of the $10M to Ordonez and the $13M we our obligated to pay Guillen - so right there we have $23M to begin our contract negotiations with Pujols.
I think it has become more and more apparent that Inge is simply a stop-gap until we can get a replacement and I am worried that we may not have one within the organization. His power decline this year is Magglio-like, his defense continues to decline to a point that he is below-average, and his batting average is hovering the mendoza line. I know that many will comment or think that at 31 years old, Pujols' best years are behind him, and that he is not athletic enough for third base, which may be true.
So the question remains - what should the Tigers do to fix our third base inconsistencies?