Are you kidding me?When Mike first broached the possibility of Dave Dombrowski‘s blockbuster this afternoon late this morning by forwarding me Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal I thought it must’ve been some posturing and cheap talk.When I nosed around ESPN.com and saw Peter Gammon‘s blog entry saying there was some validity to it I let my mind wander a bit as to what the lineup would look like.When fellow teacher and baseball coach Paul Diegel e-mailed with news his buddy told him the deal was happening (Maybin and Miller straight up for the two), I knew it was too good to be true, and put those pipe dreams to bed.By the time I left work this evening and turned on sports yappers it was apparent there was still some smoke billowing up from these smoldering trade talks.And finally, when I heard Steve Phillips on WXYT say it was pretty well done I darn near drove off the road.I do realize the ramifications of this deal – a farm system left as barren as an 85-year-old post-menopausal woman – but I also realize this deal isn’t quite the same as that Smoltz-Alexander deal of 20 years past. For starters, Dontrelle Willis (25) and Miguel Cabrera (24) are nowhere near as long in the tooth as Doyle Alexander (37) was in 1987.Sure, the Tigers gave up a ton of prospects, but they did so for two bonafide Major Leaguers who haven’t yet reached their prime.I got no beef with the deal especially since it probably means Brandon Inge is on his way out of town. You aren’t really going to pay him $6-million+ a year to be a super-utility guy, are you? But hey, it’s not my money. If Mr. I gives the greenlight to this, then have Inge work as a catcher every chance he gets so he can take over for Pudge Rodriguez next year. With the offense that would be around him, Inge can return to his light-hitting catcher role for all I care.For his next move Dombrowski will no doubt try to move Inge, Marcus Thames, Chad Durbin, and Ryan Raburn for whatever prospects he can find. Certainly he needs to reload his minor-league pitching somehow.Of course my main questions walking away from this deal are as follows:Are there any other Dombrowski-era Marlins worth acquiring (what with Gary Sheffield, Nate Robertson, Edgar Renteria, et al)?How many times will Willis (a .508 sluggling percentage last year) pinch-hit this year?
As the Cubs mull over the notion of dealing Mark Prior, here’s a question: Should the Detroit Tigers make a play for the right-hander?Why not, I say.
[S]ince he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003, Prior has had repeated physical problems, and has pitched in just 57 games over the last four seasons — and none in 2007.
But if you slide him into a low-pressure bullpen role in Detroit, perhaps you give him the opportunity to get well and regain his strength and sharpness. Assuming all that happens, all of a sudden you have a gem to slide into the rotation when Kenny Rogers departs for good. (Assuming, again, that he hasn’t already.)I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of a rotation featuring Verlander, Bonderman, Miller, Robertson and Prior.The idea of trading Prior isn’t the gaining headlines in Chicago. Instead, the Cubs want to sign him, or so it appears.
[The Cubs] hope to sign Prior to a two-year deal with incentives rather than let him play out the string with the Cubs and sign elsewhere in 2009. They may decide to trade or non-tender the right-hander if he doesn’t agree to a deal in the next month.
If the Cubs non-tender him I’d think the Tigers make a call.One has to wonder, though, if they go the trade route, what would it take to get Prior?Footnotes
- If the Twins trade Joe Nathan to the Brewers or the Giants, I’ll be glad he’s out of the Tigers’ division. Oh, how I wish he were the Tigers closer. The guy throws bullets.
- Good to hear that Gary Sheffield‘s rehab is going well. I’d forgotten all about it.
- I’ve got no problem with LaTroy Hawkins on a one-year deal. Two? You’re pushing it.
How does Nate Robertson follow up a horrific loss on Sunday? By celebrating his 30th birthday, of course.He shares September 3 with my son, Flynn, who turned three today.Â
This and that courtesy of the Game Notes and yours truly:Lovin’ the road. The Tigers enters tonightâ€™s game at Minnesota with wins in 14 of the clubâ€™s last 18 games on the road. Detroit leads the majors with 29 wins on the road inÂ 2007. The Tigers lead the American League with a .291 batting average, 285 runs scored, a .353 on-base percentage and .469 slugging percentage on the road.Tale of the tape: Nate versus the Twins. Robertson is making his ninth career start at the Metrodome this evening. In his previous eight starts at the Home of the Hefty Bag, he is 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 35 strikeouts. In his last start against the Twins, April 27, 2007 at Detroit, Nate went seven innings but got a no-decision in the Tigers’ 5-3 loss.All-Time Records: Detroit Tigers versus Minnesota Twins
- 2007 Record: 4-5
- 2007 at Home: 2-4
- 2007 at Minnesota: 2-1
- All-Time Record: 1,010-934-17
- All-Time at Home: 538-438-8 (Eight ties?! This must include ye olde Washington Senators, right?)
- All-Time at Comerica Park: 30-38
- All-Time at Minnesota: 472-496-9
And now this…Polanco loves Twinkies. Placido Polanco is hitting .366 with 29 runs scored, five doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI in 36 career games against the Twins. He leads all active major leaguers with a .366 batting average against the club. Polanco has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games against the Twins. During that 20-game stretch versus the club, he is hitting .375.Please, no wagering. Looking to play the odds? Here’s the Tigers record so far this year on…Tuesday 8-5; Wednesday 8-4; Thursday 6-5.