What is it about players who have left the team? "Out of sight, out of mind" is not a truism that rings true in the world of fandom. We like to gloat when guys fail and kick ourselves (or management) when guys do well.
I think "rejects" sounds rather harsh, but that's what Al called the recently departed Tigers in his round up. We didn't exactly "fire" these guys. The Bobs from Office Space would be proud of the Tigers brass for "fixing the glitch".
But what about the guys who have done fairly well? Who would be on the team of the best former Tigers if they had to play a game right now? I propose the following All Former Tiger team.
Catcher: Gerald Laird - G-Money was included in Al's report. Rob Brantly might be an option, but he was never a "former Tiger" only a former Mud Hen.
First base: Carlos Pena - As far as I can tell he's the only qualified candidate who is currently in the big leagues.
Second base: Placido Polanco - Some fans are still licking their wounds over this one. (Fun fact: wounds taste terrible). It is looking like Polanco is going to be the clean up hitter for the Marlins this year (!). Other candidates? Will Rhymes? Scott Sizemore? Still not as good as ol' Polanco.
Shortstop: John McDonald - John played in 70 games and hit .249 for the Diamondbacks last season. After John, there is a pit of nothingness at shortstop. I think John is the only former Tigers SS in MLB.
Third base: Wilson Betemit just went on the DL, so you know what that means!? BRANDON INGE! Jeff Baker played a couple games at third, but he's not better than Inge right now.
Right field: Matt Joyce - Still better than Boesch or Raburn.
Center field: Curtis Granderson would be the obvious choice here, but he's on the DL. How about Cameron Maybin?
Left field: Cody Ross - He hit .267 with 22 home runs for Boston last year. He's the choice.
Designated hitter: Delmon Young - MUUUHAHAHAHA!!
Starting pitcher: Edwin Jackson - I was going to do an entire rotation. Nope. Edwin is about the only guy anyone would want. (I still love you though, Armando!!!)
Bullpen: Nate Robertson, Charlie Furbush, Andrew Miller, Chad Durbin, Brandon Lyon
Closer: Fernando Rodney
Alright, so let me have it. Who did I forget? Any arguments for replacements?