Torii Hunter is a Tiger and everyone loves it, Jeffrey Loria is the scum of the earth after Tuesday's blockbuster trade, and Ricky Nolasco thinks he's shipping out of Miami at any moment. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
"What's even scarier for the rest of the AL Central is that the Tigers may not be done. They could sign a closer to replace free agent Jose Valverde and, who knows, maybe another outfielder like Nick Swisher or Hamilton is still in play."
The tale of Torii the Tiger
CBSSports.com, Scott Miller
"Time was, when the Tigers were losing up to 119 games in the early 2000s, they had to overpay free agents like Ivan Rodriguez to lure them to what then was a baseball wasteland. Now, coming off of their second World Series appearance in seven years, here comes Hunter, knocking on their door."
2013 Payroll Concerns (or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mike Illitch")
Motor City Bengals, Grant Stoye
"Mike Illitch is basically playing a video game with this team. He’s making sure this team can get the best possible upgrades at whatever spots need it, and he desperately wants to win. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects of this team in the Hot Stove season, especially with the main Winter Meetings about a month away now."
Andy Dirks and Jonny Gomes Would Make a Great Platoon
Eye On the Tigers, Jeff Roberts
We will explore both Gomes and Scott Hairston in depth sometime in the near future, but I'd imagine that Hairston's glove is a hair better (pun intended) than Gomes' stone hands.
New Players Could Add 11 Wins to Tigers in 2013
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Excellent work, as always, from one of the best in the blogosphere.
"Over the years, I have said goodbye to Josh Beckett, Kevin Brown, Jeff Conine, Bobby Bonilla, Edgar Renteria, Moises Alou, Gary Sheffield, Al Leiter, Robb Nen, Mike Piazza, Carlos Delgado, Ryan Dempster, Cliff Floyd, Charles Johnson, Mike Hampton, Kevin Milar, Adrian Gonzalez, Derrick Lee, Brad Penny, Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre, Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis, Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, and now Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle."
Is Jeffrey Loria the worst person ever, or just the worst baseball owner?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
If Loria is the Marlins' owner past the 2013 season, there is something seriously wrong in the commissioner's office.
Ricky Nolasco: "I’m next anyways"
HardballTalk, Drew Silva
I wouldn't mind seeing Nolasco in a Tigers uniform if Anibal Sanchez doesn't re-sign. We seem to have a nice track record with former Marlins on the roster... except left-handed pitchers with control problems, that is.