The Detroit Tigers have some issues. Their farm system is one of the thinnest in the major leagues, and they have a lot of questions to answer about the 2016 season and beyond. The core of their roster is getting older, and it's tough to see how they stay competitive in the coming seasons.
But their problems are small potatoes compared to most of the other organizations in baseball. The Tigers have an owner spending all of the money he can to win a World Series, and a general manager that has engineered one of the most successful runs in team history. Then, there are other teams. Take the Arizona Diamondbacks, for example. The D-Backs are also-rans in the NL West, and capped off their weekend by trading away a top-100 prospect for a superfluous utility infielder.
The D-Backs were grilled for their decision to send prospect Touki Toussaint and veteran Bronson Arroyo to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for infielder Phil Gosselin, highlighted by Keith Law's succinct analysis.
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No matter how you feel about prospects and the relative crapshoot they represent, the Diamondbacks' continued emphasis on qualities like "grit" -- GM Dave Stewart's first comment on Gosselin contained that word -- and toughness far outweigh their good moves, like signing Paul Goldschmidt to an extremely team-friendly contract. The Tigers may be heading for a rebuilding phase soon, but at least they aren't in the purgatory that the Diamondbacks (and several other teams) currently find themselves in.
Wilson's feat worthy of 'The Week with Quirkjian' - The Detroit News, Chris McCosky
The next Danny Worth, Josh Wilson is not.
Why is Detroit Tigers prospect Dixon Machado getting work at third base in Triple-A Toledo? - MLive, James Schmehl
It's hard to see the Tigers just plugging Machado in the lineup if Nick Castellanos does get sent down, but there's probably more to it than what we're being told.
After second start, Tigers' Justin Verlander poised for a rebound - Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor
After watching the replay, I thought Verlander looked much better than his final line suggested from Friday night's game. However, he has struggled in Cleveland in the past, so we may not see his best in his next start.
Red Sox hate Kansas City fathers, drill Royals 13-2 - Royals Review, Max Rieper
The last place Red Sox helped out the Tigers this weekend, taking two of three from Kansas City.
Jake Arrieta shuts out Twins, Cubs win 8-0 - Twinkie Town, Jesse Lund
The Twins also dropped two of three over the weekend, making the last three days a wash for the top of the AL Central.
Cody Anderson outstanding in MLB debut, Indians win 1-0 over Tampa Bay on walkoff sac fly - Let's Go Tribe
The Indians won 1-0 on a walk-off sacrifice fly. So, you literally didn't miss anything.
White Sox 3, Rangers 2 (11 innings): Gordon Beckham loves his parents - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Gordon Beckham has walk-off hits on Mother's Day and Father's Day... and not much else on the other days of the year.
Brad Scherzer: "What a great father's day gift" - Comcast SportsNet Washington
In case you live under a rock, Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter for the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon. His family was in the stands, and Papa Scherzer was pretty excited.
Alex Rodriguez's 3000th hit shows us why we love baseball - Pinstripe Alley, Nicolas Stellini
It's too bad that it had to happen at the expense of the Tigers, but this is a great take on the spectacle of A-Rod's 3,000th hit.
Mariners reassign Howard Johnson, name Edgar Martinez hitting coach - Lookout Landing, Nathan Bishop
This would be like the Tigers hiring Al Kaline as their hitting coach. Or Miguel Cabrera, one day.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow explains why accusing the St. Louis Cardinals of cheating is nonsensical - Viva El Birdos, Ben Humphrey
The Astros seem to be handling the FBI hacking investigation well. GM Jeff Luhnow: "I wouldn’t trust another team’s analysis even if I had it."