In this scenario, many various trades would be made, and players would be picked up. Here are my top changes:
- Do not come through with the Dontrelle Willis-Miguel Cabrera trade for Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. Maybin will be a star, and Miller is already better than a few of the Tigers' pitchers. Besides, Dontrelle Willis is a terrible pitcher, and has spent more time on the DL than most others have. Cabrera is either about to reach his best years, or last year was his prime. If the ladder were to be true, the Tigers will most certainly have a hard time getting rid of him.
- Edgar Renteria can stay with the Braves, for he has been having an ugly year so far. I would be more interested in Atlanta's new shortstop, Yunel Escobar. In this trade, the Tigers gave up Jair Jurrjens and Omar Infante for Renteria. Infante is unneeded, the Tigers already have a nice collection of utilitymen, but Jurrjens is different. He is an easy rookie of the year candidate right now as he leads the National League's rookies in ERA (2.86), wins (5), and is second in strikeouts (49). He would be an extreme help to the Tigers rotation, in which the ERA leader is Jeremy Bonderman with 4.34.
- There are also some obvious things that the Tigers would have been better off spending time on: picking up obvious surprise young players who are doing great this year. These guys would include Cliff Lee, Edinson Volquez, Carlos Quentin, and Josh Hamilton. Nate McLouth would be an option but he may be a fluke. Cliff Lee ended his season last year in AAA, and by trading one of our young pitchers, Armando Gallaraga or Andrew Miller, we could get the AL ERA leader. For Volquez we may have to give up Jurrjens, Maybin or Gallaraga, but each of them would be worth getting him. Hamilton would be semi-easy to get, a good trade involving a young pitcher (whoever is left from the Volquez trade), or possibly Carlos Guillen, and if worse comes to worse, Curtis Granderson would be valid trade bait. Carlos Quentin would definitely be a hard acquisition, though. He is young and therefore people are unable to know if he is trade-worthy, so depending on the White Sox' needs, various levels of talent would need to be offered.
- Do not acquire Jacque Jones. He is old, a bad fielder, and a worse hitter. 'Nuff said.
C: Ivan Rodriguez (Pudge is one of the top defensive and offensive catchers)
1B: Marcus Thames, Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago (or whoever is leftover)
2B: Placido Polanco (greatest fielding 2B in baseball)
3B: Brandon Inge (another great fielder)
SS: Yunel Escobar (I don't know how we could get him, but he would be great)
RF: Carlos Quentin (faster, more range than Hamilton)
CF: Curtis Granderson (yet another great fielder)
LF: Josh Hamilton (faster than Ordonez)
DH: Magglio Ordonez (not enough room in the OF)
- Thames (or Raburn)
- Justin Verlander
- Edinson Volquez
- Cliff Lee
- Jair Jurrjens
- Jeremy Bonderman
This has been "What if..." Please give me thoughts/comment below.