The Thanksgiving hangover is real. After a whirlwind of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, it is time to return (or at least attempt to return) to our normally scheduled programming. Monday morning arrives cold and unwelcoming.
On the baseball front, we are roughly a week away from the Winter Meetings, a place at which one might hope some interesting signings could occur. I remember the days of the past, wondering what big name the Detroit Tigers would be linked to. Now, I wonder if they will be linked to any names at all. As you return to your normal schedule, allow me to give you some Tigers and general baseball news to help you through your day.
The weakest link?
The Tigers are bad pretty much everywhere on the roster. Trying to pinpoint exactly where the team is the weakest may seem like a futile gesture, but that’s not slowing down Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. He takes a stab at figuring out where the team needs the most help. While he admits there are credible arguments to be made for any position on the diamond, McCosky lands in the outfield.
Surprisingly, though, the outfield seems less stable. The combined WAR of the three projected starters — Jones, Stewart and Reyes — was 0.6. Reyes had a 1.3 WAR himself. The combined defensive WAR was minus-1.4. Those numbers drop further if you include Demeritte, who was a minus-1.1 in his September audition.
With not much already on the roster and nothing of note coming through the minors anytime soon, the idea of signing a name bat like Yasiel Puig, Corey Dickerson, our old friend Avisail Garcia, or possibly Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could be possibilities. Whatever decisions get made, McCosky feels an outside-the-box approach may be necessary.
Putting baby in the corner
Speaking of the outfield, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press takes a break from roasting the front office to talk about outfield prospect Daz Cameron. The consensus here seems to be that Cameron has what it takes to play at the major league level, but it’s looking more and more likely that he will slot into a corner outfield position.
Always on my mind
The Modern Era Committee ballot has been very kind to some former Tigers players. As that committee’s vote approaches later this month, it has Alan Trammell thinking back to 2017 when he was on the list and didn’t think he had any chance of being voted in. As the vote approaches for Lou Whitaker, Trammell admits that he’s thinking a lot more about Lou’s vote than he ever thought about his own. Whitaker’s one year stay on the BBWAA ballot was a travesty. Trammell, and all the rest of us, are hoping the Modern Era Committee takes the opportunity to rectify the snub of a player who is most certainly worthy of being in the Hall of Fame.
In one of those situations where they likely had to choose somebody and couldn’t come up with anyone that made more sense, MLB.com has decided that Beau Burrows is the most likely trade candidate among all Tigers prospects. I guess the thought here is that the organization is stacked in the pitching department and that Burrows’ struggles at Triple-A make him an expendable player. Trading Burrows seems like the kind of move a team trying to seriously compete in 2020 would make, and I don’t really see the Tigers as that team this offseason.
Around the horn
Ten players who may be dealt by the 2020 deadline (Matthew Boyd is not on the list). The 10 best players of the decade. Three of them are current or former Tigers; I’ll let you guess who. The A’s are now the Moneyglove franchise. Addison Russell tops list of possibly non-tendered players.