It's gonna be sad to watch the Tigers be dismantled.Don't know what McCuttchen contract is for right now, but for the foreseeable future the days of big contract players are over for the tigers, Avila has said as much and from what I have read Chris illitch is not the big spender when it comes to the sport teams
The goal will be to pair down from the 200 million mark.
CF will be a platoon position this year. At the trade deadline I expect JD Martinez to be traded as they will not be signing him
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Hey Bill,I think this is the most I've anticipated a Red Sox season starting since 1988. There are a lot of similarities, IMO. That Sox team had a talented young group led by Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks, Todd Benzinger, Brady Anderson, Jody Reed and John Marzano. This year's version has Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi and Blake Swihart. The '88 club added a stud closer in the bullpen- Lee Smith. This year the Sox added Chris Sale to anchor their starting rotation. I do think this year's team is better (and I hope they are......the 1988 Sox got swept in the ALCS by Oakland), mainly because their starting rotation is far superior. The '88 team had two studs anchoring the rotation (Roger Clemens and Bruce Hurst), but a declining Oil Can Boyd and a bunch of flotsam and jetsam rounded out the rotation ( Wes Gardner, Jeff Sellers and Mike Smithson). It wasn't until they traded Brady Anderson and a very young Curt Schilling for Mike Boddicker midseason that the rotation was stabilized. The 2017 Sox rotation is VERY deep led by Sale, reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and former CYA winner David Price. The back end of the '17 rotation is the deepest in recent memory. The #4 starter will more than likely be budding star Eduardo Rodriquez, and the #5 spot goes to either Drew Pomeranz or Steven Wright (both 2016 All-Stars). Yes, they will miss the production of Big Papi, but this Sox team looks like it will have many different ways to beat you.
I've been out of the loop for a little, whats the latest on the Price injury, serious or not ?
I'm expecting great things from Boston this year ... not expecting much from the Tigers this year.They apparently (at least for now) dodged a bullet on Price. He didn't even require a shot. They had a scare yesterday, as Porcello was hit by a line drive off the bat of Cespedes (ironically enough the guy he was traded for), but the Sox are saying that Porcello is fine.
I suspect that Verlander will be the Good Verlander for the majority of the year, and that Cabrera will be his usual self, hopefully he stays healthy.They apparently (at least for now) dodged a bullet on Price. He didn't even require a shot. They had a scare yesterday, as Porcello was hit by a line drive off the bat of Cespedes (ironically enough the guy he was traded for), but the Sox are saying that Porcello is fine.
Wow, tell me how you really feel !No, it's meaningless. A bunch of slapped together "All-stars" playing other slapped together "All-stars". The real downside is these guys are missing spring training when they should be working on things like fielding timing with their teammates or getting to know the outfielder who's going to play next to you this season and what his range is and tendences are. If you're catching in the WBC you're not working with, and getting to know, your pitching staff. If your pitching your not working with your teams pitching coach or catcher. If you're hitting your not working with your teams hitting coach. There are so many more reasons why it's a bad idea. It's a joke, IMHO.
I believe I read that the Tigers have the most players playing in the WBC than any other team .... hard to believe with how poor they usually play the last few years.Yeah, I don't see how any organization can accurately determine just what they have coming out of Spring training when their best players haven't been in camp.