AL Central Hot Stove Round Up – Updated For The Joe Nathan Signing With The Tigers

Doug Fister was just traded away last night for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and a Minor League Pitcher.  I definitely am seeing the vibe that this franchise is about to make another huge move towards a player in Free Agency.

Doug Fister was just traded away last night for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and a Minor League Pitcher. I definitely am seeing the vibe that this franchise is about to make another huge move towards a player in Free Agency.  If this wasn’t the case, then what the hell are the Tigers doing trading away a pitcher like this?

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The Detroit Tigers threw down the first gauntlet in transactions of the Division.  But have they made their team any stronger?  As of right now they are still weaker to start the 2014 year than they ended the 2013 campaign.

Things have been quiet out of Motown on offensive players, however they have been circling the world of Brian Wilson for the Relief core, before they finally lost interest.

Joe Nathan was signed to a 2 Year Deal today by the Tigers.  It was a swift move to sign the guy, although financial terms have not been entirely disclosed yet.

By singing Joe Nathan to amp up the status of the Bullpen, the teams looks decisively better already.   

They should not stop there for relievers. 

I would still try to bring in a Grant Balfour or Jesse Crain as late inning assassins – before having any of the old crew of Joaquin Benoit or Jose Veras be the guys to depend on.  Do not resign them Dombrowski!

Look for an upcoming article I am writing about the Detroit Tigers, that will ask the question, who would you rather have long – term, Miguel Cabrera or Max Scherzer?

Of course a lot of this is dependent on how much Mike Ilitch wants to spend on his club.

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Joe Nathan is one of the best closers the game of baseball has ever seen. The 39 year old came off one of his best seasons, registering a WHIP of .90 and an ERA of 1.33 amidst his 43 Saves and 74 SO.  Nathan will also bring plenty of playoff experience to Detroit. Lets just hope if the Tigers make it back to the playoffs, that he can improve in his career postseason ERA of 9.00 in 9 IP.

Joe Nathan is one of the best closers the game of baseball has ever seen. The 39 year old came off one of his best seasons in 2013, registering a WHIP of .90 and an ERA of 1.33 amidst his 43 Saves and 74 SO. Nathan will also bring plenty of playoff experience to Detroit. Lets just hope if the Tigers make it back to the playoffs, that he can improve in his career postseason ERA of 9.00 in 9 IP. Nathan is tied for 10th on the ALL – Time Saves List with Rollie Fingers.  He has an impressive save conversion of 341 Saves in 379 chances (good for 90%).  That ratio is even better than Mariano Rivera – by almost a percentage point.

For the Minnesota Twins, please read our latest blog on their recent signings here.  The franchise wants to compete soon, however they are more needing of their young players to step up for that to happen.

The Red Sox and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed in principle to a one year contract.  This man is a perfect guy for the Red Sox veteran laden team.  In 2013.  The Veteran has a Career Slash of .283/.322/.750 - including smashing 17 HRs and knocking in 72 RBI.  It had been rumored that the man was going to Minnesota before the deal.

The Red Sox and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed in principle to a one year contract. This man is a perfect guy for the Red Sox veteran laden team. In 2013. The Veteran has a Career Slash of .283/.322/.750 – including smashing 17 HRs and knocking in 72 RBI. It had been rumored that the man was going to Minnesota before the deal.

Kansas City signed Jason Vargas to a 4 YR/$32 MIL deal – and are in extensive talks for trading some Relief Pitchers for either Dexter Fowler in Colorado, or Mark Trumbo in Los Angeles.

The club also must decide on what they want to do with Billy Butler going forward.

Would the Royals think of signing a Free Agent in this offseason just to ignite a trade with "Country Breakfast" in order to strengthen another facet of their game?  Butler makes $8 MIL this year - and has a $12 MIL Team Option for 2015.

Would the Royals think of signing a Free Agent in this offseason (that has DH qualities) just to ignite a trade with “Country Breakfast” in order to strengthen another facet of their game? Butler makes $8 MIL this year – and has a $12 MIL Team Option for 2015.

The franchise is also trying to lure back one time Royal Carlos Beltran to the fold.  While they have a set number of dollars set aside for the veteran. it is likely they will lose the bidding war for his services.

But I actually like their thinking here.

Konerko is a 6 Time ALL-Star  and has finished in top 6 AL MVP Voting 2 times and top 22 Voting 3 other times (13,16 and 22 as well).  The last 3 seasons, prior to this one, he was productive at an ALL - Star clip, not like the .247/.317/.679 3 Slash Line that the 37 Year Old Has put forward so far this season.  Added to his bad totals, is 11 HRs and 51 RBI.

Konerko is a 6 Time ALL-Star and has finished in top 6 AL MVP Voting 2 times and top 22 Voting 3 other times (13,16 and 22 as well). The last 3 seasons, prior to this one, he was productive at an ALL – Star clip, not like the .244/.313/.669 3 Slash Line that the 37 Year Old Has put forward  this past season. Added to his bad totals, were 12 HRs and 54 RBI.  There is still no word whether the Sox will resign him as a Free Agent.

The Chicago White Sox have added Jose Abreu and are still confident the late season trade for Avisail Garcia will help the lineup for 2014.

The question remains, what is going to happen with Paul Konerko?  How about the team’s Catcher situation?

While these questions are still rampant, the team has an abundance of young Pitching.  I want you guys to all see the great work our correspondent has done covering this team all year.  Here are his archives.

The Indians are dealing with their own limitations.  The good news is they have a trading asset with Asdrubal Cabrera.  Cleveland also signed back Jason Giambi for organizational depth.

Carlos Santana has been playing 3B in winter ball, but does that mean he can play there some times?

Yan Gomes has to be given a chance to Catch more in 2014.  This guy had solid numbers for his limited time served.

The Relief Core is also looking at services lost, with releasing Chris Perez, and seeing Joe Smith sign with the Angels.

The Bullpen can still try to rely on Vinnie Pestano, Cody Allen, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw to see the lion share of all late inning duties – so don’t look on the club trying to add anyone there.

The Indians are pretty much hanging with 'status quo' among their franchise this winter.  They have also lost Scott Kazmir, and potentially Ubaldo Jimenez to Free Agency as well,  Of course Joe Smith signed with the Angels and they released Chris Perez, so other than Terry Francona winning the Manager of The Year in the AL, it hasn't been a banner offseason in Cleveland thus far.

The Indians are pretty much hanging with ‘status quo’ among their franchise this winter. They have lost Scott Kazmir, and potentially Ubaldo Jimenez to Free Agency as well, Of course Joe Smith signed with the Angels recently and they released Chris Perez, so other than Terry Francona winning the Manager of The Year in the AL, it hasn’t been a banner offseason in Cleveland thus far.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Chief WriterHunter Stokes for preparing today’s featured article.  Hunter is a Baseball Writer for MLB reports.

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