It’s Sunday, meaning the Lions are currently losing, I have a break from producing at the radio station, and I have a bunch of Links for you to read this evening before we go live on MCB Live tonight at 9 PM ET! Let’s get to it with some Links!
[Mutual Interest in Bobby Crosby] The Tigers are still looking for their opening day starter at the shortstop position, and according to the Detroit Free Press there is mutual interest between the club and the former Athletics shortstop. The often injured Crosby has not had a successful season since his rookie year, where he was named the Rookie of the Year in 2004. I have expressed my thoughts on Crosby already, but I am going to reiterate it. If this isn’t a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training, then the Tigers could be making a huge mistake. Kurt at Mack Avenue Tigers has posted his thoughts on the whole situation, and links to Athletics Nation, a great Oakland Athletics Blog. Reading through the archive of Bobby Crosby posts really gives you an insight of the frustration h is play brings to the table.
[Adam Everett is still an Option] Though both were not close to an agreement, the Free Press believes that it is possible that the two could come to terms. Jason Beck of MLB.com was the first to report that it could be possible, and he brings up a great point. The Tigers do not have a prospect that is ready at shortstop any time soon. I would love to see Brent Dlugach compete at some level for playing time in 2009. After last season at AAA Toledo, It seems deserved.
[Lyon in Philly] The Phillies just snagged former Tiger Placido Polanco and now they have turned their attention to the bullpen. Former Tiger Chad Durbin is one of the three arms in the pen returning, and the Phillies are looking for an arm that will push the closing options. Lyon is just the right fit and if he is looking for a team he can win with, then the Phillies instantly become a good fit. For the right amount, he might just suck up wanting to be a closer next season.
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[Beckham to Lead Off] Currently it looks like youngster Gordon Beckham would be the lead-off hitter if the season were to start today. South Side Sox shares his thoughts on the rather interesting situation. I love how Ozzie Guillen thinks that Omar Vizquel can still lead off in this league. Alex Rios might have been an option if he got on base more, but Guillen mentions Mark Kotsay and Mark Teahen. Oh boy. For some reason I believe a speedster is on his way to Chicago.
[JP and Dayton Comparison] Wally Fish of Kings of Kauffman brings up a great comparison between former Jays GM J.P. Riccardi and current GM Dayton Moore. I could definitely see the link between the two and how a Royals fan would be worried.
[Twins Fans Frustration] Seth Stohs documents the frustrations of Twins fans as the off-season started hot, then became really cold. Must be something all A.L. Central fans all dealing with.
[Twinkie Town Top 50] Twinkie Town is voting for the top 50 prospects of the Twins. Very interactive and fun. Check it out!
[Closer Talk] There is a lot of closer talks that will be going on in Indianapolis at the Winter Meetings. A lot of teams are looking to clear payroll by removing their ninth inning stoppers. One of those names is Matt Lindstrom, who the Marlins feel they can deal. According to sources, there are three teams interested in acquiring the closer. Could the Tigers be one of them? Lindstrom is a cheap option that still has some upside. The Marlins are packed with bullpen talent and could afford moving Lindstrom.
Other names that could be moved include: Fransisco Cordero, Heath Bell, and Matt Capps