The pocket-pinching off season continued on Thursday with more news that the Tigers are looking for cheap alternatives to fill the hole in center field. Rob has a full breakdown of what that means, but the summary is: meh.
With very little chance the Tigers get under the luxury tax limit without trading J.D. Martinez and others, I don’t understand why the team doesn’t pony up a little extra cash for someone that would hit above the Mendoza line. The difference between a Carlos Gomez or Rajai Davis over an Austin Jackson seems worth the extra $5 million (if that).
Big Joe is ready!
I guess people are actually going to show up to Progressive Field now? Edwin Encarnacion is banking on it.
So Encarnacion will earn bonuses based on Indians crowds. In the past, this may not be worth much. But attendance may spike— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 5, 2017
Unfortunately, we do not fully know how this will work, but it’s probably a savvy move with the team coming off a World Series. Also, it can’t get worse. The Indians had the third-lowest attendance in baseball last season, behind even the Miami Marlins. Miami!
Uh, I did not know that’s how they made that
Mike Pelfrey’s only meaningful win of the season
Back from vacation with some big Tigers news: Mike Pelfrey won the team's fantasy football league, beating Jordan Zimmermann in the finals.— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) January 4, 2017
A weird offseason continues to be weird
The Oakland A’s have been one of the most, if not the most active team this offseason. That’s right, the Moneyballin’, don’t-spend-on-free-agents, trade-deadline-seller Athletics have been trying to throw money every which way.
My guess is they see the hesitancy for sluggers as a market inefficiency and are trying to capitalize with a team-friendly contract. Whether they are just low-balling Trumbo or are truly serious remains to be seen.
Kris Bryant has been decent
Through Age 24 season:— High Heat Stats (@HighHeatStats) January 4, 2017
Ernie Banks: 318 games, 65 HR, 202 RBI, .286/.337/.513
Kris Bryant: 306 games, 65 HR, 201 RBI, .284/.377/.522
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