Since I hate ridiculous free agent propositions or trades, I decided that it would make sense to be proactive and start a place where people could compete for the most reasonable free agent trade or acquisition. As such, I unveil the "Sensible Acquisition Thread", where we come up with reasonable solutions to Tigers problems. The rules for this thread are as follows:
1) You cannot argue that the Tigers should acquire any player that has been to more than one All-Star game, unless that player is injured or post-prime. I know Mr. Illich has signaled he would be okay with a large acquisition, but we have forty fanposts discussing those.
2) You can only spend $20 million dollars on a free agent. Not $20 million per year. $20 million on the entire contract.
4) If you suggest a trade, you must provide justification as to why the team trading a player wants to get rid of him. (Example: the Marlins want to trade Logan Morrison because they hate him). Trades must also be reasonable (which means we probably aren't going to grab Morrison- make that a separate post if you like that idea).
5) The following players are untouchable: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta. If you suggest trading a major piece (Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello) you also have to fill that gap.
6) Every position is fair game, but you can't move a player we already have (so no moving Peralta from SS).
Below the jump are my choices for acquisitions I think might make sense.
1) Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly to San Diego for Chase Headley
Petco Park is huge, and while I'm sure Cameron Maybin can do a heck of a job there, the Padres add the best defensive center fielder in baseball. They also add a pretty darn good pitching prospect who will look great in Petco (but probably wouldn't look so great in Detroit. In return, Detroit gets a good player in Chase Headley, who is coming close to arbitration. San Diego adds talent and saves money, while Detroit gets a player who can lock down 3B in the long-term.
2) Detroit signs Coco Crisp to a 2 year, 14 million dollar deal.
So we fill the void left in center by acquiring a speedy centerfielder who plays good defense. Crisp is older, but since we got younger in the infield, this is a fair swap.
3) Detroit signs Kelly Johnson to a 2 year, 16 million dollar deal.
Johnson is a potentially great bat at second base who provides solid defense. He's also coming off a lousy season. This makes a ton of sense as a buy-low middle infielder (much like Jhonny Peralta was last year).
These are just a few moves, and there are certainly others that the Tigers can make to fill holes. See what you can come up with!