Curtis was going to share his thoughts on the dismal Pistons today, but with the breaking news that story will have to wait another day.
The Tigers have made maybe one of the biggest moves in the history of the franchise with the signing of Prince Fielder to a nine-year $214 million contract. Fielder gives the team a legitimate left-handed hitter who will be able to protect Miguel Cabrera and form the best 1-2 punch in baseball.
This move says that the Tigers and Mike Ilitch want to win now and anything less than a championship for this team is a failure. The Tigers now have three players making over $20 million a season with two of the best hitters and the best pitcher in the league.
Reports also say that Prince is going to be the first baseman and that Miguel Cabrera has accepted another role, but what that role is has yet to be determined. Cabrera and Fielder could split time between first base and DH. Another option could be moving Cabrera back to third, where he started his career, and find another alternative for DH until Victor Martinez returns from injury.
If the Tigers are able to bring in a guy like Juan Pierre to play outfield and move Delmon Young to DH this season without Victor available the team becomes ever better defensively and offensively.
The Tigers still have a few holes to fill, but with the offensive firepower this team has can cover a lot of holes this team may have.
If I had it my way this is the way I see the lineup shaking up this year. (Disclosure: I am hoping they make a cheap signing of Juan Pierre, like he wouldn’t want to hit at the top of this lineup anyway.)
Juan Pierre LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Delmon Young DH
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Perralta SS
Ramon Santiago 2B
Austin Jackson CF
The offense on this team will be one of the best in the league this year, and with the return of Victor next season could be one of the best ever. All we need now is a fifth pitcher, anyone have Roy Oswalt’s phone number?