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Old 11-07-2017, 08:49 PM   #1
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DET season ranked 20th in MLB

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...eir-2017-goals

20: Detroit Tigers

Successes: They got the first overall pick in the draft, and they really had to spend only one month (September) being truly pathetic to get it. The Tigers' rebuild was a long time coming, continually delayed by a rich owner and a glimmer of veteran star power; that it was finally forced upon them is probably for the best.


Disappointments: For the first time in his career, Miguel Cabrera won't get an MVP vote. None of the Tigers' summer trades looks all that great in retrospect: J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton brought back modest returns in a bad market for outfielders, while Verlander almost immediately turned his season around after joining the Astros. Detroit was probably happy just to shed the salary, but now it looks like it handed Houston an ace for the next two years.


Good season? No, but it had a purpose.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:22 PM   #2
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Don't know why people keep saying it took Houston to get JV to turn the season around. He pitched well the last 2 months here or did we all forget? Plus a Cy Young candidate last season. If anyone didn't think JV was already "still" an ace in Detroit they're in dire need of some common sense.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:48 PM   #3
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:14 PM   #4
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They got the first overall pick in the draft, and they really had to spend only one month (September) being truly pathetic to get it. The Tigers' rebuild was a long time coming, continually delayed by a rich owner and a glimmer of veteran star power; that it was finally forced upon them is probably for the best. Verlander almost immediately turned his season around after joining the Astros. Detroit was probably happy just to shed the salary,

It was b/c of not assembling balanced teams with position players who best fit CoPa's OF dimensions, acquiring too many high paid players, some past their sell-by dates, slow and impatient free-swingers who didn't coax walks or could bunt well, station to station baserunners, gaping holes in the corners of OF defense, crappy benches, esp on offense, bullpens top-heavy with expensive setups/closers, but lousy and cheap middle-long relief, mostly weak-hitting, average @ best defensive catchers after Pudge/Wilson, signing Willis/Robertson/Sanchez to long extensions, and depleting/permitting the farm to go to seed.

Of course it is difficult for any franchise to acquire, retain, and trade for the opposite of all of the above, as for example a switch-hitting catcher who is above average offensively and defensively, who also has speed, power, and a great arm is very rare, but the goal s/b to get as close as possible.

We are still paying almost 1/3 of JV's contract, btw.
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