Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What If the Unthinkable Happens?

Well, by now you've heard that many teams, among them Boston, Texas and Philadelphia, are interested in the services of our free-agent rightfielder Magglio Ordóñez. Our hero worked out for teams today, and the Tigers were in attendance. No word on how that workout was received by onlookers. No tweets from Jason Beck on this, other than to say that he wasn't invited to view the workout.

So, if some other team (gasp) snags Ordóñez, and it turns out that we're priced out of the Carl Crawford sweepstakes, who else should the Tigers pursue?

Here are a few names and stat lines for your perusal. Stats via Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.

Bill Hall

2010 batting
18HR, 46 RBI, 9 SB

Fielding, 2006-2010, outfield
UZR -.5

Jose Guillen

2010 batting
19HR, 77 RBI, 1 SB

Fielding, 2010, outfield
UZR 1.9

Willie Bloomquist

2009 Batting (played in 83 games in 2010)
4 HR, 29 RBI, 25 SB

Fielding, 2009, outfield
UZR -1.4

Find anything to your liking, or do you have a favorite candidate?? Please share.

As for me, I'm still foolishly hoping we snatch Magglio from the claws of these other teams. But really, in looking at other options, I'm gonna have to ahead and say that we had darn well better sign Ordóñez or Crawford. Otherwise, why did we go out there and get Benoit and Martinez? We need to add a quality bat. Period.


Brian Borawski said...

Platoon Casper Wells and Brennan Boesch (or throw Don Kelly in there).

Litzner said...

Found your blog linked off of Bless You Boys. Great job with it!

Living in Kansas now, I watched Willie Bloomquist play a few years with the Royals and he was one of the streakiest players they had. He provides a little speed, but that's about it. I also watched Jose Guillen play last year with the Royals and I would warn any team (ever my most hated team [the White Sox])to stay away. I think of him as the Randy Moss of the MLB. When he's happy he's okay and boarders on good and when he's benched he sulks and stops playing.

I hope the Tigers just resign Magglio and they go forward with the lineup they have. I always have faith the batters can keep them in the game, it's the bullpen that makes my blood pressure rise each and every game.

OldEnglishD said...

Thanks! I totally agree with you on Guillen. I think he's a malcontent. Yeah, in looking at the options I came the conclusion that we really need to re-sign Magglio. There's just not much else out there.