One has to imagine that right now in Oakland, A’s GM Billy Beane is wearing a bright yellow pair of pants to hide all the champagne he’s spilling after nailing yet another incredible trade – Beane sent away powerful behemoth Yoenis Cespedes for Jonny Gomes (who is still worshipped in O.co) and Jon Lester (a potential free agent and best available pitcher not named “Price”).
Let’s hope Dave Dombrowski is wearing his brown pants.
Feb 18, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski during a team practice at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers trade rumors have been relatively quiet and their GM hasn’t done much after picking up Joakim Soria from Texas aside from lusting after the trades Beane has made. One has to rightfully assume that DD must make another move (or two) to counteract all the talent coming in to the MLB-leading Oakland Athletic, who had already picked up Jeff Samardzija. Unfortunately, a poor farm system has already been further depleted in the Soria trade, so one shouldn’t be expecting a big name pitcher or hitter to come riding into town to save that day. What on Earth is left to acquire with the talent Detroit has?
I went on record as saying I was a fan of acquiring Boston’s Andrew Miller last year, and my stance has yet to change. A former 6th overall pick of los Tigres, Miller has rounded into form as one of the better left-handed relievers in baseball the past two years, though he’s flown under the radar until about now. Something clicked for him in 2013, where his K/9 shot up to 14.09 and he was cruising along until a foot injury shortened his season. In 2014, he’s only improved his K-rate and lowered his walk rate (from 4.99 to 2.76),and is sporting an xFIP (1.76) now much lower than his already impressive ERA (2.34).
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As for a hitter, I’m a proponent of double-dipping in Beantown and trading for switch-hitting OF/1B Daniel Nava. Nava could be very easily platooned in as simply a RH-hitting batter, as he is currently slashing .288/.374/.742. He’s shown a little pop in the past, and a degree of solid defense and baserunning, but having yet another bat that can come in off the bench to spell people and actually deliver against right-handed pitching would be phenomenal.
And for a consolation hitter why not double-dip with the Phillies and try to acquire Carlos Ruiz? Having a catcher than is legitimately offensively talented (His counting stats may not look like much this year, but how would anyone else do batting lower in that putrid Philadelphia lineup?), can play good defense, and can call a great game? This guy is essentially an Alex Avila that can hit, sooo….?
Those are just some of my suggestions, but believe you me I’m just as rapt with any new news regarding the trade deadline as anyone else is.
Let’s hope Dombrowski has a bit more magic up his sleeves and less soil in his britches.