AL Central Hot Stove Round Up – Updated For The Joe Nathan Signing With The Tigers
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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!
Of course a lot of this is dependent on how much Mike Ilitch wants to spend on his club.
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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 club also must decide on what they want to do with Billy Butler going forward.
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.
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.
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 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.
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Posted on December 3, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @MLBreports on twitter, a.j. pierzynski, al central, angels, asdrubal cabrera, avisail garcia, billy butler, brian wilson, bryan shaw, carlos beltran, carlos santana, chicago white sox, cleveland indians, Cody Allen, Dexter Fowler, doug fister, jason giambi, Joaquin Benoit, joe nathan, Joe Smith, jose abreu, jose veras, kansas city royals, Marc Rzepczynski, mark trumbo, max scherzer, miguel cabrera, minnesota twins, paul konerko, scott kazmir, Terry Francona, ubaldo jimenez, vinnie pestano. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.