Found February 09, 2013 on The Biz of Baseball:
On Thursday, I took part in a series of mock salary arbitration cases that are appearing on Baseball Prospectus. In the case, I covered the Tigers’ side if Max Scherzer had gone to hearing. It was a tough case to make. Scherzer certainly anchored the rotation behind Justin Verlander. The process of doing mock hearings is so enjoyable that I decided to play both sides of the street. On Thursday it was a case for the Tigers. Today, it’s my case for Scherzer. -- Maury Brown +++++   +++++   +++++ In the case of Max Scherzer seeking a one-year salary arbitration salary for 2013 with the Detroit Tigers, a strong case is made that the $7.4 million salary he is seeking is fair, not only in comparison to his peers within his service time class this year, but in the year prior. Scherzer compiled the finest season of his career, posting a 16-7 record, 3.74 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 32 starts. He was the #2 starter on the roster behind only Justin Verlander. His achievements on the season s...

Player Profile #104: Max Scherzer | SP | DET

Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find it hard to believe Max Scherzer has already spent three of his five Major League seasons with the Tigers? I feel like it wasn’t that long ago that we were raving about his potential as an Arizona farmhand. But alas, time moves on, and last year Scherzer finally began living up to his insane potential. His strikeout rate was an astounding...

Bruce Rondon likely to close for Tigers in 2013

When it became clear that the volatile Jose Valverde would not be resigned, the question arose in fantasy circles on who would be the next closer for the Tigers. Joquin Benoit and Phil Coke, two savvy vets with ample late inning experience, looked to be possible replacements for the departed Valverde. According to a report on MLB Network, it appears as though 22 fireballer Bruce...

Player Profile #100: Doug Fister | SP | DET

I love Doug Fister. If we didn’t have two people contributing to these projections, he’d probably end up higher in these rankings. However, George does have valid points whenever I start getting a little too excited about Fister’s fantasy prospects, and those points primarily surround Detroit’s porous infield defense. Fister has one of the strongest ground ball tendencies...

Player Profile #96: Victor Martinez | C, 1B | DET

I was listening to the Dear Mr. Fantasy podcast yesterday with guest Eno Sarris of, and he ran through the list of catchers who have had multiple good fantasy seasons after the age of 31. While “good” was never statistically defined, it included the usual suspects: Mike Piazza, Jorge Posada, maybe Ivan Rodriguez, and I’m probably forgetting one or two. Regardless...

Look Back and Ahead to 2013: Centerfield

Austin Jackson has been solid as the Tigers' everyday center fielder for three years now, and that won't change in 2013. The question remains, which Jackson will the Tigers get, the 2011 version that saw his average plummet, or the 2012 version with a strong walk rate and a .300 average?
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