In a trade that makes Detroit a force to be reckoned with, the Tigers have traded six minor-league prospects to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.
I only have two words for this trade: oh, crap. Detroit is going to be AWESOME next season.
The Tigers have managed this off-season (and it’s only December) to acquire some great names, Cabrera and Willis to name two. Cabrera will be in a lineup with Polanco, Sheffield, Ordonez, Guillen, Renteria, Granderson, and Pudge Rodriguez. Tell me that this team doesn’t have hitting power. And the pitching, though not of the same caliber as the hitting, should earn Detriot a spot in the postseason, if not the World Series. Willis, whose 10-15 record with the struggling Fish is less likely to repeat itself. Not to mention he will be joined in the rotation by Justin Verlander, Kenny Rogers, Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson. Sure, some of those guys have seen better days, especially Rogers, but backed up by a great defense–and getting signals from Pudge–I think Detroit will probably be the team to beat next year… At least, as of December 5th. More trades, injuries, and free agent signings will definitely have an effect on this prediction.
And by the way, if you hadn’t heard, the Posada re-signing is official–he’ll be a Yankee for the next four seasons and make more than $50 mil in the process.