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HELP!!! 2014 Bullpen, 2015 OF

The Tigers have enough to win the AL Central. However the playoffs are going to depend on who is the hottest team at the time.

However the 2014 Tigers could use a LHRP before the deadline, and Nathan needs to be the reliable closer he has been. I believe both Nathan and Verlander will come up big in the end. They are both proven and reliable vets. I do believe the best bullpen for the playoff would be Joel H. coming up , and also would be to have Ray come up just before the Sept. 1 deadline, and use Smyly, Ray, Krol, and new edition for left handed relief.

As for the 2015 Tigers the OF seems to be the key. With a infield that is under contract or team control for at least 4 years or longer, this area seems solid to me. The SP is outstanding, THANKS TO DAVE D. even though it MAY (?) appear that the Tiger will be unable to resign Scherzer. The 2015 bullpen will surprise a lot of people with Nathan, Joel H. and Rondon returning to top form, and Al A. and Corey K. having breakout years and new found LH help. The DH is a no-brainer, resign V-MART. So I can't decide if the KEY to the KEY is Jackson or J. D. Martinez or both. With Hunter being a uncertainty, believe he would retire if the Tigers won it all, and I am not sure the Tigers would resign him as they know he is not the future. As for Jackson I would like to see him go on a winter weightlifting bulk-up program, and get up to about 205-210, and move him to a corner OF. Modeling him after a J. Upton with a lower BA but can always take the extra base, and with the once in a while steal. His SB ability does not seem to be the threat of most lead-off hitters and has gone down year by year (27-22-12-8). He also has shown some spurts of power at 185 and is a free swinger. It is not uncommon for a CF to move to a corner. As for J. D. his power goes with out question, IF he can sustain a .260 or better BA for a entire season, his power and RBI's would be a game changer. This leaves CF, the line-up and bench. Looking for a CF is the hard part. Need to find one that can lead-off, a switch-hitter would be preferred, although I am not one for a insistence on L-R match-ups. But this does not apply to hitters like Miggy or V-mart but may make a difference with standard MLB hitters. A trade for Crisp, Fowler, or Pagan does not seem likely, so I may look for a young speedster with potential that could be picked up cheap. Like someone a team has other prospects that they are working with, like Boston and Brantley Jr. OPEN TO BIG TIME SUGGESTIONS HERE??? this would leave a line-up of CF, Kinsler Miggy , V-Mart, Nick C, J.D., Jackson, Avila, Igelias. The bench would have to be earned with Kelly as Mr. Versitile also being left handed and above average defensive player with above average speed. This goes for Dirks as well. and the advantage to Davis would be stolen bases.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the <em>Bless You Boys</em> writing staff.

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