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Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:49 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Tigers patient on Victor Martinez replacement

It's been almost a week since the Tigers found out that Victor Martinez would likely be lost for the season with a knee injury, and the team still doesn't have a replacement.

What's taking so long?

Actually, it won't be a surprise if the Tigers' search for a Martinez replacement goes on quite a while longer, perhaps even into the 2012 season.

While the Tigers seem to have some interest in Raul Ibanez, Hideki Matsui and Vladimir Guerrero, and less in Johnny Damon, none of the possible Martinez replacements would provide the Tigers with exactly what Martinez gave them -- a quality switch hitter who gives Miguel Cabrera protection in the batting order.

The other option would be for the Tigers to stick with the players they already have, and to figure out as the year goes along whether they need to spend their resources on a designated hitter to replace Martinez or on filling other needs.

As of now, the Tigers are also without a definite fifth starter. They tried to deal for Gio Gonzalez, but lost out when they wouldn't include both Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos in the same deal. They showed interest in free-agent Roy Oswalt (even having Justin Verlander put in a recruiting call), but were told that he was not interested in them (and seems headed for either the Red Sox or Cardinals). The Tigers have been linked by some to Matt Garza of the Cubs, but a Garza deal seems a real longshot.

While the Tigers haven't ruled out adding a veteran starter later in the winter, they now seem willing to go to spring training and pick a fifth starter there (with Turner one of the candidates).

Even without Martinez, and without a clear fifth starter, the Tigers should enter spring as the clear favorite in the American League Central. Barring further injuries, they should at the very least be able to remain in contention for the first half of the season, then look to make another midseason deal like last year's trade for Doug Fister.



Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Rangers get Beltre, Angels get...more talk?

So Adrian Beltre is headed for Texas . Anyone want to hear what Arte Moreno has to say now?

I don't.

It doesn't really matter what the Angels owner says now, does it? It doesn't matter if he says again that he's going to spend whatever it takes to put the Angels back in the playoffs (that was October ). It doesn't matter whether he says that he couldn't sign Carl Crawford because he would have had to raise ticket prices, but that he had made "what we believe is a significant offer" to Beltre (that was December ).

It doesn't matter now, because Crawford is in Boston, and Beltre's deal is all but done in Texas.

It doesn't matter, because now not only have the Angels shown they're not prepared to compete financially with the big boys, but they've shown they can't even compete financially with the big boys in their own division.

There's still more than a month to go to spring training, which means that theoretically there's still time for the Angels to salvage their winter. But while there's still time, the shelves are now bare.

Beltre was the last significant position-player free agent on the market. The top pitchers still available, closer Rafael Soriano and starter Carl Pavano, are not high-impact guys (and Pavano doesn't fit the Angels, anyway).

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times suggested that the Angels' next move could be a reunion with Vladimir Guerrero, the designated hitter they discarded last year because they thought he was too old. He'll be 36 by spring training.

Guerrero had a bounceback year with the Rangers, but there's little question that the Rangers are better off with Beltre at third base and Michael Young as the designated hitter. Beltre improves them defensively, and he could be an offensive upgrade as well (although Guerrero did drive in 115 runs).

For the Rangers, Beltre is a nice consolation prize, after they tried and failed to re-sign Cliff Lee. By signing him, the Rangers improve their team, but also prove to an newly energized fan base that they plan to compete in the winter as well as they did in the summer.

That's more bad news for the Angels, who for so long considered the American League West to be theirs.

With Kendry Morales coming back from the injury that cost him much of the 2010 season (and cost the Angels their best chance to compete), the Angels could have been division favorites had they signed Crawford, or even Beltre.

They're still not a bad team, but all the momentum in the West now belongs to the Rangers. Even the A's -- and remember, they finished ahead of the Angels last year, too -- have gotten a little bit better this winter.

The Angels?

They've signed Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi. And their owner has done a lot of talking.

Maybe he'll give another interview this week.

Unless it's to announce a big-time move (and at this point, what could that be?), I don't care.

Posted on: May 16, 2010 8:27 pm
 

3 to watch: The Ignoring the rivalry edition

The Yankees are playing the Red Sox, and you couldn't care less.

The Yankees are playing the Red Sox, and you can't believe that other network is showing them again.

The Yankees are playing the Red Sox, and just as a favor to you, we're not including them in this week's 3 to watch (although, if you must know, the second-place Yankees host the fourth-place Red Sox Monday and Tuesday, before hosting the first-place Rays Wednesday and Thursday):

1. One last Yankee-Red Sox reference: The Yankees lost their first eight meetings with the Red Sox last year, and in the end it meant nothing. So perhaps it means nothing that the Giants have lost their first six meetings with the Padres this year, scoring just eight runs in those six games. They haven't scored in two games against Tuesday night starter Mat Latos, and they've also lost twice to Clayton Richard, who starts in Giants at Padres, Monday night (10:05 EDT) at Petco Park .

2. For all their early-season troubles, the Angels are 2 1/2 games out of first place in the American League West. They just swept three games from one of the teams ahead of them (the A's), and now they get a chance at the other one, in Angels at Rangers, Tuesday night (8:05 EDT) at Rangers Ballpark . Vladimir Guerrero always looked forward to these Angels-Rangers series when he played for the Angels. Now he gets a chance from the other side.

3. Jason Heyward was everyone's preseason pick for National League Rookie of the Year. Mike Leake was nobody's. Heyward has eight home runs and 28 RBIs, so he's got a real chance. Leake is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA for the first-place Reds, so you've got to say he has a chance, too. All of which should make Reds at Braves, Thursday afternoon (1:05 EDT) at Turner Field interesting.

At least as interesting as Yankees-Red Sox.

 
 
 
 
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