Found December 19, 2011 on Detroit Sports 360:
The Detroit Tigers have yet to make a significant move in free agency this off season, which has left us Tigers fans left wondering who  they are looking at. We have heard all kinds of rumors of players they were linked to and didn’t sign in the last month. Most recently Jimmy Rollins who re signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for 3 years $33M.  So decided to put together a list of three players that the Tigers could realistically go after and sign this off season.

The Tigers biggest off season needs (in no particular order) are 3B, 2B,  and a starting pitcher. Since Brandon Inge and Ramon Santiago are currently #1 on the depth chart at 3B and 2B, I consider those huge areas of need for a starter on opening day. Since we only have Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Doug Fister on the roster as starters, this means we “NEED” to get another starting pitcher, just to have the bare minimum of 5 starters to enter the season. These 3 positions are not “wants” this off season, they are “MUST HAVE’s” in my opinion and I will concentrate on those positions before any other from this point forward. I do think that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will NOT fill all 3 of these holes, and he will enter the 2012 MLB season with Raburn, Santiago and Inge playing 2B and 3B for us. We just don’t have the money to fill all 3 and there just isn’t anyone left at either position that I would really want anyway. Unless a surprise trade is made, I think the most realistic position for us to concentrate on is a starter.

3 Starters Tigers Could Sign

Joe Saunders Estimated Price Tag: 1-2 Year Contract  for $5M $6M per Saunders is #1 on my list because he is probably the most realistic player I see the Tigers signing. Saunders isn’t flashy and wont strike out a ton of batters, but he can certainly get the job done in the bottom of our orders. In Saunders first 7 seasons he has averaged 208 innings a year, and pitched 212 last year for the Diamondbacks. He provides a veteran presence to our young staff and since he is left handed, and we need a lefty…he is tops on the list. That and he probably won’t cost too much to sign either.  Age: 30  Throws: Left   2011 Stats: 12-13 3.69 ERA 212 INN, 108 K’s, 1.307 WHIP Hiroki Kuroda Estimated Price Tag: 1-2 Year Contract –  $10M $12M per Kuroda is an interesting option for the Tigers since he is still not on anyone’s roster. There have been a couple rumors of the Tigers already looking at him, and a couple more about the Dbacks and Yankees, but no offers yet. He made $11M last year with the Dodgers and at 36 years old he won’t need a long term deal to sign. He is a right hander but his numbers are good enough to bring aboard. He would be the #2 on our staff and would certainty make our staff one of the best in the American League immediately.  Age: 36  Throws: Right   2011 Stats: 13-16  3.07 ERA,  202 INN, 161 K’s, 1.213 WHIP Gio González Estimated Price Tag: Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos There have been rumors of us turning down offers for Turner and Castellanos, and there are new rumors that we are again considering it. Bleacher Report has us getting him in this article and have to agree with them. I like Turner a lot and Castellanos is suppose to be good too, but trading away 2 “suppose to be great” players for a already great player…is a no brainer! He is only 26 years old, throws left handed and having him and Verlander as our 1 and 2 is crazy good! We sign Gio…and we have a legit world series shot next year…and for years to come! Age: 26  Throws: Left   2011 Stats: 16-12 3.12 ERA 202 INN, 197 K’s, 1.317 WHIP Links Date updated  2012 Free Agent Tracker  December 18th 2011  Detroit Tigers Roster  December 18th 2011  Detroit Tigers Contracts  December 18th 2011  Fan Contest Leaderboard  December 18th 2011  More on Tigers DS360 Tags: Detroit Tigers, Dave Dombrowski, Free Agency


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