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Worried about the Tigers middle infield? I am. It seems a certainty that Peralta will be suspended in the PED scandal. For 50 games? Just 15 less than what Braun got? Sounds too harsh. I'd bet the 25 game area for Peralta, even less if he can cut a deal.
If you saw the Infante injury then like me, you're not surprised that Infante isn't back yet. It was a gruesome slide by Colby Rasmus.
After the deadline and potential Biogenesis suspensions, who will be the Tigers middle infield on Friday? Oh, the Angels are open for business? Erick Aybar is drastically over paid, but Howie Kendrick would be an upgrade over Infante, and he's signed through 2015, on a very reasonable deal. With his bat at 2B, during a lengthy Infante recovery, I can tolerate a replacement level player at SS during any Peralta suspension. Oh, and the Tigers should ask for Scott Downs too, to finally put Phil Coke out of his misery. Downs, 37, not as devastating as he used to be but, except against lefties whom he's hold under a .200 average. Porcello and something (likely another young arm) for those two? I'm in.
Just to be on the safe side, do the investigative diligence on former World Series closer Brian Wilson.
As for acquiring Joe Nathan, for Drew Smyly. That's absurd. While it's nice that the Rangers have Joakim Soria, or others, to plug in at closer, it once again indicates how little value closer position has these days, especally if you have arms with velocity and control waiting in line to accomplish the job. The Rangers are one of the top 6, 7 teams contending for the playoffs, and I realize they have needs, but why strengthen a team it's possible you meet in October? It would be unforgiveable if Nathan saved 4 games against the Rangers in the postseason. FWIW, Smyly should be an untouchable due to his performance, flexibility, cost and team control for years to come.
If you were thinking of getting cute and nostalgic by the Tigers snagging a Marlins relievers - eh, OK - and reacquiring Placido Polanco, STOP. I'd rather have a young, replacement level player at 2B, as they have now with Perez, who hasn't yet been athletically ravaged by Father Time, than a broken down Polanco, who MAY barely be an upgrade over Ramon Santiago.
++UPDATE++ Tigers get a reliever who was on my not-Papelbon list from a few weeks back. Porcello for Kendrick is still something I'd consider. Good deal for a non-elite prospect, with a chance for Veras to pitch his way into a very cheap closer role next year. I'm assuming the Tigers keep the option to retain Veras for $3.25 million.
Barring him swinging a machete and threatening lives, you don't throw the best player in MLB out of a game, not even for arguing (and arguing sounds way too intense for what Cabrera did) balls and strikes period.
The irony of Papelbon's comments is that right after the egregious Ryan Howard deal/extension Ruben Amaro Jr. signed him to, is the ludicrous deal he gave to Papelbon that further hamstrung the organization limiting their moves to improve in Pap's time in Philly.
In more Phillie irony, it sounds like Papelbon wants out. Meanwhile potential trade chip, Jimmy Rollins is going to keep loafing around - instead of waiving his 10/5 rights - until he breaks Phillie records he's on course to top.
As Albert Pujols season has likely ended, I share with you the danger of signing 30+ year old MLB free agents. Not as scientific as other links I've shared with you, but now my friends at The Atlantic have figured it out out too.
If no one buys baseball cards anymore (do they!?), does it matter that WAR will be on the backs of Topps cards?
Instead of fooling around with Scott Feldman, then K-Rod, the Orioles should've used their assets on Cliff Lee. Now, it could cost them former top prospect (elbow surgery) Dylan Bundy. And Baltimore, if Lee is too much $$$, flip him in the winter.