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The Tigers want a leadoff hitter, but Jose Reyes doesn’t make sense

Nov 4, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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Jerry Crasnick of said today that the Tigers offseason priority is to find a leadoff hitter.  Not surprisingly, Crasnick says that Jose Reyes is a “dream candidate.”

Just about anyone I talk to about the Tigers seems to think that too.  The only problem with it is that the Tigers already have $90 million committed to just nine players, and by the time they fill out their roster, pay the necessary raises for 2012 and all of that, they’re looking at something like $120 million at least. Probably a bit more. They’re even still paying Gary Sheffield for cryin’ out loud.

Oh, and they still have Jhonny Peralta, who just had an awesome season and is under contract through 2012 and has a club option for 2013 that is exceedingly affordable.

To be sure, Mike Ilitch has shown in the past that he’ll spend money if he thinks it’ll make the difference.  But it’s a 95-win team already and they have shortstop covered.  If the Tigers are going to spend money, they should spend it elsewhere.

  1. hooks024 - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I hope he signs with boston. Then the fans of ny’s real team can continue to hope he catches every disease he can possibly catch through his pr*ck.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      You stay classy.

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    He IS a dream candidate. In my baseball dreams, he leads off, never gets hurts, and breaks the record for most triples in a season.

    In my dreams. he even draws walks.

  3. Kyle - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Yeah, and elite shortstop is a dream candidate for every team in the league. Good luck, Tigers!

  4. Lukehart80 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    I’m not sure that’s a 95 win team, though I guess any of the five teams in that division MIGHT win 95 games with the crummy competition.

    • Matt - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      Um…that team is the definition of a 95 win team. In fact, it is impossible to be more of a 95 win team than they are.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:23 PM

        Not only are the Tigers a certified 95 win team – it’s a 67 loss team; throw in the post season and the number climbs all the way to a 73 loss team – but they also become a 101 win team – all these new metrics have got me plumb tired out – I used to remember when it was just wins and losses.

  5. shep1957 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Good call Luke!! Just ask the Yankees.

  6. Kevin S. - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Craig, I’m not sure I quite agree with your math. Cot’s has the nine players under contract coming in at $82.875 million. That doesn’t include Porcello’s incredibly affordable option. Factoring in that and MLBTR’s arbitration estimates, and I get $97.219 million for fourteen players. Jackson, Boesch, Fister, Avila, Perry and Alburquerque all make the minimum, so that’s about $100 million for twenty players. The last five spots are basically depth, and thus won’t cost that much to fill. If Dombrowski wanted to make a run at Reyes, the Tigers could afford that, and shifting Peralta to third is a big step forward for defense at shortstop while putting Brandon Inge into a reserve role he’s probably more suited for. In fact, the presence of Peralta and Inge probably makes the Tigers an even better fit for Reyes, because they won’t be completely screwed if/when his hammies act up.

    • brianbowman16 - Nov 4, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      It’s not an option year for Porcello. he’s under team control for 3-4 more years
      Other than that, excellent post sir

      • Kevin S. - Nov 4, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        I actually ran into conflicting info on that one. MLBTR included him in their arbitration estimates, but Cot’s has him with a team option for next season, which could make sense given that he got that major-league contract when he was drafted. The option wouldn’t necessarily mean he’s not still under control past next year.

        4 years/$7.285M (2007-10), plus 2011-12 club options
        signed Major League contract with Detroit 8/14/07
        $3.58M signing bonus
        07:$0.38M, 08:$1.1M, 09:$1.2M, 10:$1.025M, 11:$1.536 club option, 12:$1.344M club option
        Detroit exercised $1.536M option for 2011

  7. Detroit Michael - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    From the Detroit News at’-winter-could-be-dull:

    “For one thing, any Jose Reyes speculation, fun while it lasted, was put to rest when Dombrowski said he doesn’t anticipate Jhonny Peralta being moved from shortstop to third.”

  8. foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Are they really still paying Sheffield? HAHAHAHAHA!

    • brianbowman16 - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      Gary deferred a bunch of money to help the team out

  9. pestiesti - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Could Peralta handle playing 2B? The Tigers have shown a willingness to try playing aging middle infielders there.

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