Detroit Tigers Links: Where do we go from here with Iglesias out? Should Nathan be replaced?


Jun 1, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) jogs back to the dugout after tagging out New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) on a steal attempt in a game at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won in the eleventh inning 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With Iglesias out for 2014, what will the Tigers do? – Dana Wakiji, Fox Sports Detroit

"Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins is one name that has been mentioned. He’s 35 and his contract is up at the end of the season. Rollins is hitting .252 with six home runs and 22 RBI. He would have to approve a trade because he’s a 10-and-5 player."

Eugenio Suarez‘s promotion to the Detroit Tigers is likely a tryout to see if his skills in AA and AAA can be transferred to the big leagues. If not, they may look at going after Rollins or Asdubal Cabrera if the Indians fall out of the race over the next 6-7 weeks before the trading deadline.

Detroit Tigers: Grading the first third of the season – Ryan Dunne, ISportsWeb

"Remember when the Detroit Tigers were riding high and had an 11-game road winning streak?Neither do I.Remember when the Tigers had swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for the first time since 1983?Neither do I."

Baseball is a funny sport–exhilarating when your team is doing well as the author of this article nostalgically remembers.  And it can be a horrible and frustrating game as it has for Tigers fans since the conclusion of that magical series in Boston nearly three weeks ago.

Detroit Tigers Rumors: It’s Time to Ditch Joe Nathan, Look for New Closer – Connor Muldowney, Rant Sports

"With a 6.86 ERA, a 2-2 record and four blown saves, Nathan looks to be the biggest disappointment signing of the offseason for the Tigers.Is it time to look for a new closer? At this point in the season, why not take a risk and try someone else out at the position? I mean, they can’t do any worse than blow a fourth of their save opportunities and post an ERA above six like Nathan has been doing."

The biggest disappointment of the off-season for the Tigers may be an understatement, it could be the biggest in all of baseball. The Tigers are paying Nathan a lot of money and they just aren’t going to cut him and eat that salary. So if you remove him from the closer’s role, where do you put him? Phil Coke mop-up duty? And should you move the only other closer candidate on the team, Joba Chamberlain, out of set-up, who takes his role? These are sticky questions that the Tigers will be hard pressed to address in the coming days.