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Bat571The Tigers have to be trying now to figure out how to get maximum value out of Cabrera's contract going forward -- and DH is the logical way to reduce stress on his feet/legs. Is VMart suddenly a luxury for them in spite of Illitch's desire to get a WS title - Is the money better spent keeping Scherzer?5 hours 15 min ago
Bat571Given the Tigers' issues at 1B, 3B, and in the bullpen, I wonder if it might be worth offering Smoak, Romero, and Medina for a few of their minor leaguers (James McCann?) just to clear some roster room and make their decisions on VMart a bit harder? We've discussed stop loss as being valuable - maybe it would be to them as well, if the Ms didn't ask for too much in return.5 hours 20 min ago
Bat571Miguel Cabrera had ankle surgery today and it was worse than expected - had to have screws inserted for a stress fracture and will have to be off his feet throughout the off-season. My idea of offering Smoak suddenly got more realistic! And VMart's bargaining position took a hit unless he wants to play a lot of 1B for the Tigers. This is getting interesting! Offering 3 years with a 4th year option and a buyout might still get it done and put the issue to bed. Maybe the price is now closer to $15M a year? And $50M guaranteed?6 hours 1 sec ago
SABR Mattstill would rather have the devil I know than the one I don't for this club8 hours 4 min ago
SABR Mattthe first round pick is a very good point.8 hours 5 min ago
Tacoma RainPlus the Mariners keep their first round draft choice going with Tomas11 hours 47 min ago
Tacoma RainI would rather not go over 3 years with VMart... and I really do not want to go over $80M for Tomas either, but I think of the two choices I'd rather have Tomas. The Cubans have just been too good at the MLB lately not to take the gamble - especially if somehow he is under $13M per year.11 hours 50 min ago
moethedogOops......now it is up.12 hours 5 min ago
moethedogMy VMart sign-on didn't come up. But I'll add this. 7/$118 seems very unlikely for Tomas, to me. he's not an Abreu or a Cespedes...based on Cuban numbers, but I like his short-quick stroke. Last year he carried a bunch of weight......looking almost Ruthian with those pin-like legs, but he moves and sprays the ball and has power. If he's a 5 yr./$50M guy, there's much to roll the dice on.12 hours 9 min ago
mojicianV-Mart!!!!! No sueldo Tomas mucho dinero por favor.12 hours 19 min ago
moethedogRemember that the VMart we might get isn't the '14 VMart, please. That year was his career outlier year, most likely. he was more than 20% better (OPS+) than any previous year (at age 35) and 60 OPS pts better than anything before (nearly 100 pts better than his previous #2 season). We're paying for a very good player, .300+-.370+-.460+ (before any decline), but we're not getting '14 VMart. He's not my #1 pick, but I would take him over Tomas, I believe. VMart is a waiting game, too. Make the move early.12 hours 24 min ago
SABR MattVMart. We're in win-now mode and Tomas is a bit of a gamble.12 hours 54 min ago
Tacoma RainGuys - who move would you rather see the Mariners do... VMart at 4 years / $68M or Yasmany Tomas at 7 years / $118M?13 hours 9 min ago
SABR MattIf we could somehow get Zobrist and Vic Martinez..I would start giggling the moment it was done and not stop giggling until we were having our WS parade in Seattle.14 hours 22 min ago
SABR MattI still want me some of that Zobrist. Even if he is in decline.14 hours 23 min ago
Tacoma RainThe best part about Zobrist is that he is a switch hitter, with very little splits... and it appears he is stalking pitches as well15 hours 32 min ago
mojicianThere are openings at the Twins and Rockies.17 hours 15 min ago
moethedogMLBTR says so.17 hours 23 min ago
SABR MattJoe Maddon quit the Rays????17 hours 32 min ago
moethedogJoe Maddon opts out in Tampa Bay. Zobrist has only '15 on his contract then is a FA. I would have no problem with sending Saunders for Zobrist, in a hurry...if we could get him to extend for a year (or not). Get him for both '15 and '16. Heck, I would move Ackley for him, too. But Saunders might be a nice thing to dangle in front of the Rays. They are in a weird spot now. Move quickly. Make an offer they can't refuse. At $7.5M Zobrist doesn't drive salary up much and he gives you a career vL line of .285-.363-.447 (better last year). I've not been a huge fan of getting Zobrist as THE guy, but this deal could be had, I think...if we're aggressive. TB loses him in a year anyway.17 hours 48 min ago