No, you are a disappointment
You have to love when you’re browsing the internet for links, and the first one you find states that your team is having the most disappointing offseason in Major League Baseball. The worst part? He might be right.
But it seems like the Tigers have thus far missed their opportunity to push harder -- one way or another. That's a bummer because, most of the time, when it comes to these do-or-redo cases, the worst-possible option is idling -- the exact route the Tigers took. We'll see if it pays off -- for now, though, you'd be justified in feeling like Detroit didn't make the most of its offseason.
We all know the story at this point, but it’s interesting to see outside analysts noting the Tigers’ lack of movement. At the end of the day, we just have to hope that the core that showed its resilience last year is ready for another run in 2017.
*Note: When I searched for a “sad Tigers” picture in our database, the first nine results on Getty Images were sad Yankees fans and players after the ALCS. That’s just a reminder to always remember the good times.
Ken Rosenthal has you covered
Get ready for a lot of information. I swear, between him and Jon Heyman, you could gather every single baseball rumor that currently exists. Anyway, I suggest reading the whole piece, but here are some of the highlights.
- The Orioles are eyeing Pedro Alvarez to replace Mark Trumbo as their designated hitter. They could use a left-handed bat in their lineup.
- Despite a surplus in center field with the additions of Mallex Smith and Colby Rasmus, the Rays are unlikely to move Kevin Kiermaier. Considering his defensive prowess and cheap cost, it’s no wonder the Rays would keep him.
- I had forgotten the Twins are paying Joe Mauer $23 million to be a below-average first baseman. I appreciate the reminder, Ken.
Dreams do come true
Funny, I wanted to be a blogger when I grew up.
The legacy of Mallex Smith’s time in Seattle
Brandon covered it in Thursday’s Tigers Links, but the Mariners were wheeling and dealing. One of the end results was Mallex Smith being a Mariner for approximately 77 minutes. Here is a short tribute video in honor of his time there.
A visual representation of Mariano Rivera’s dominance
Baseball cards are still very much a thing
Like many baseball fans, I have a collection of baseball cards sitting somewhere in my basement. Unlike Brady Kahle of Springfield, Massachusetts, I have done nothing with them. Brady on the other hand, raised $13,000 for his friend diagnosed with Leukemia. Brady is a much better person than I.
If you would like to start selling some of those old relics, Forbes has a beginner’s guide to selling baseball cards.
A tradition unlike any other: checking Pablo Sandoval’s weight
Breaking news: we are back to skinny, in-shape, going-to-have-a-monster-year Pablo Sandoval! Despite some 2012 World Series PTSD, it’s tough not to root for someone whose nickname is Kung Fu Panda. I’m glad he is doing well.
Poor San Diego
With the departure of the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles, the Padres now carry the full weight and expectations of San Diego sports fandom. This is probably not a great thing.
For your free time
The Oakland Athletics and Santiago Casilla agreed to a two-year deal. Good luck trying to figure out who will close for Oakland. Here’s an op-ed piece posing that MLB should mandate more protective netting. They should really just do hang it themselves, but whatever makes it happen. Here’s a look at the Rays’ crowded outfield.