What??? Inge did not have an error filled post season. I only recall one. He has been heralded through out the major leagues as being in the top 5 third basemen in the league. His hitting for average brings him down to the bottom of third basemen in the league, but his 27 homers bring him to the top 6. INGE STAYS!!!
Like you I do not believe that we will see a major trade. When Illitch says he is going to spend some money, he means on a free agent, not a trade. Now that Detroit is looked at as a place where free agents want to come we will not have to beg free agents to come here, ala Juan Gonzales.
Any Left Handed Hitting free agnet, knows that Detroit is looking for them. And to that left handed hitter, they know that they are the key peice to making this team great. The problem is that there is no great SS or 3B free agent that is batting lefty. You could add Aramis Ramirez from the Cubs to 3B and move Inge to 1B, but that does not solve the issue with Guillen losing his range.
There is two logical solutions I see taking shape. Either Detroit adds Aramis Ramirez at 3B and moves Inge to 1B, and they add Frank Thomas. Or they Play Ramon Santiago at SS full time, move Guillen to 1B and still pick up Frank Thomas.
Either way, the left handed bat is hard to find in the majors right now through Free Agency, and I believe Casey will be gone, to another AL team if they pay more than Detroit. And Detroit is not offering Casey the amount of money they would to a player that is their first choice.
I think you leave the pitching alone, it will only improve next year with Maroth back, and you can move Robertson to the Pen.