30 October 2011

Starting Rotation

1. Justin Verlander
2. Doug Fister
3. Max Scherzer
4. Rick Porcello
5. I don't think it's a good idea to count on Jacob Turner being ready for a full major league season, so I would like to see the Tigers add someone here, preferably a southpaw. C. J. Wilson is the big name on the free agent market, but another good option could be Mark Buehrle.

Starting Lineup

2B. I would really like to see a second baseman added who could bat leadoff, but there don't seem to be any good options like that on the free agent market, so this is where I would be looking to make a big trade. Otherwise just roll with Santiago. I like him in the leadoff spot better than Jackson.
LF. Brennen Boesch
RF. Delmon Young
1B. Miguel Cabrera
DH. Victor Martinez
SS. Jhonny Peralta
C. Alex Avila
3B. Brandon Inge
CF. Austin Jackson


C. This needs to be addressed in a desperate way to save Avila's knees. At this point it is Omir Santos, but it shouldn't be too difficult to pick up a veteran backstop for cheap somewhere. Even Pudge if you like.
IF. Ramon Santiago (or if he starts, then add Rhymes, Worth, Dirks, or whoever you want)
IF/OF. Don Kelly
OF. Ryan Raburn


9th. Jose Valverde
8th. Joaquin Benoit
7th L. Phil Coke
7th R.Al Alberquerque
Mid. L. Daniel Schlereth
Mid. R. Ryan Perry
Mid. R. David Pauley, or whoever impresses in Spring Training? Beyond Valverde and Benoit, I would say this is a major area of concern, and I don't want to hear anyone say anything about Joel Zumaya making a comeback this year. The team offense actually ranked third overall in runs scored. I would like to see any money the team wants to spend this off-season go mostly toward a fifth starter and/or bullpen help. If they can pick up a second or third baseman as well, then great, but I would rather leave Santiago at second than leave Penny in the rotation or Perry in the back end of the bullpen.

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