Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Detroits Aggresive Offseason

Well im sure you have heard the news by now that Victor Martinez has signed roughly a 4 year 50 million dollar contract with the Tigers. This is yet another major signing that the Tigers have made this offseason. With the re-signing of Johnny Peralta and Brandon Inge, the free agent signing of Joaquin Benoit and now Victor Martinez the Tigers are trying to surpass the Twins as the dominant team in the division. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Tigers add another free agent or two as well. The balance of power is slowly shifting to the Tigers but we'll have to wait and see what the Twins response is. Now lets take a look at what Detroits lineup should look like next year.

C-Victor Martinez/Alex Avila
1B-Miguel Cabrera
2B- Scott Sizemore/Will Ryhmes
SS-Johnny Peralta
3B-Brandon Inge
LF-Ryan Raburn
CF-Austin Jackson
RF-Brennan Boesch
DH-Carlos Guillen/Victor Martinez

They now have added some protection for Miggy, i still think they could use another bat but the AL Central is a weak division and could be won with this offense. The pitching staff is solid at the top with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello and Phil Coke and Armando Galarraga at that back end isnt horrible. The bullpen should be good with Valverde closing and if Joaquin Benoit is healthy they will have a solid set up man. They have some depth to with Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Perry as well so it should be equal to if not better than last years pen. I am not saying they are better than the Twins but the Tigers definitely took a giant step today with the signing of V-Mart.

Chris "da Franchize" Hart

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