Detroit Tigers all in – are you? – Matt Pelc, MCB special for Detroit Free Press
David Price is a legitimate young star, and not one that gets traded often. The Tigers could not turn him down. If he is as good as he was in Tampa Bay, the Tigers have someone that will go out there and give them 6-8 innings per night, limiting exposure to the weak bullpen. Nothing is a sure thing. The trio of prospects traded could end up in the Hall of Fame. Jackson may find a second life under former Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon in Seattle and take the next step Detroit fans had been waiting for. Drew Smyly may turn into a No. 2 or No. 3 starter while the Tigers could miss the playoffs or lose in the first round. Or the prospects could all have average careers, Jackson continues his hot and cold streaks, and Smyly stays a number five starter and the Tigers could win the 2014 World Series.
The Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions share many of the same fans and while I understand that some Tigers’ fans are upset that the team is mortgaging the future for today, many of those same fans have begged current and former Lions’ regimes to do the same thing. They will say the Lions do not make the moves to win and never take chances, but this is exactly what the Tigers are doing.
Attendance for Tigers home games is down a bit more than 4 percent through 57 home dates compared with the 2013 season. The Tigers averaged 37,060 per crowd through 57 dates in 2013 but are at an average of 35,565 through 57 dates in 2014. Even though they will likely fall short of 3 million fans, attendance at Comerica Park has rebounded nicely after a very slow start this season. Attendance was down more than 10 percent through 25 home dates in April and May. The Tigers were certainly hurt in the early portion of the season by some strange weather, but the numbers have bounced back during the summer months.
Weather combined with a larger home schedule than usual in April led to this problem, but the Tigers are still in the top 10 in total attendance and top five in the percentage of sold seats. Attendance is not a concern.
The Miami Marlins have designated right-handed starting pitcher Jacob Turner for assignment, the club announced Tuesday. Left-hander Brian Flynn was called up to take his spot on the team, but the newsworthy part of the transaction is easily Turner’s DFA.
Tigers’ fans remember Turner as the arm of the future in the organization, and was their top pick (9th overall) in the 2008 draft. He went into 2012 Spring Training battling Drew Smyly for the number five starter’s spot and ended up being shipped out of town mid-year for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. Because Miami DFA’d him, he must clear waivers and that is unlikely to happen. He will likely be plucked before the Tigers can place a waiver claim.