As the Detroit Lions enter the bye week tomorrow, there will be some much-needed excitement and hopefully some fulfillment as the Detroit Tigers enter the waters of MLB free agency.
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the quiet mind”-Albert Einstein. How does this quote from the brilliant scientist Albert Einstein have to do with the Detroit Tigers and MLB free agency? Simple, really. Down in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Tigers, the front office brass has a chart in which they have identified their free-agent targets or perhaps, trade targets.
The room is quiet minus the humming of phones going off on vibrate or perhaps a fun ringtone like “Eye of the Tiger.” No reporters or blog writers, just Al Avila, and his crew, similar to what you see in the movie “Moneyball”, pouring over the stats and numbers.
This scenario is really theater of the mind but in all seriousness, the front office is getting ready for tomorrow evening as at 5 pm tomorrow night, the “quiet period” ends, and teams can sign free agents or decide to pick up options.
With the labor talks between the owners and players digging their trenches, it is hard to see whether teams will be aggressive or perhaps wait until the labor agreement gets cleared up to sign players. There is the invisible salary floor to consider and teams trying to avoid the luxury tax. In the case of the Cincinnati Reds, it is their opportunity to cut payroll.
For us, the contributors at all the FanSided blogs, it is our opportunity to speculate with as much knowledge as possible to see what directions their teams will take. For Detroit Tigers fans, it is their opportunity to speak their minds on who they would like to see wear the Old English D.
So I and a few contributors are making our official predictions and we asked you, the readers for your predictions on who the Detroit Tigers will sign. It is not only fun but it is a way to “shoot your shot” so to speak, for us, it is a way to see how wrong we are or how right we could be. Either way, this seems to be shaping up to be a fun off-season so let’s start the predictions.