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March 26, 2014

Transaction Analysis

Dombrowski Gone Wild

by R.J. Anderson


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Traded INF-S Andrew Romine to the Tigers for LHP Jose Alvarez. [3/21]

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DetroitDale

Dave Dombrowski is still the best GM in baseball, but boy has he cut his lead on number 2 this offseason.

The most telling transaction is the one that didn't happen, the Max Sherzer contract extension that wasn't. Not so much the non-signing but the press release issued immediately after. This wasn't a press release you send when you hope to sign a guy in the offseason, this was a press release you send when you've given up and you want the fanbase to know you did all you could. Given what Max was asking (what he could get on the market) there were two choices, Sign Max and let a bunch of other players go, or let Max go. Either way, 2013 becomes the last year the Tigers can field a World Series contender.

Knowing this fact, the previous week's moves make more sense. His shortstop is injured and he no longer has unlimited Pizza money so he can't sign Stephen Drew, he doesn't have prospects left to trade so he can't trade for Chris Owings, but he has to do something so he trades his spare parts for other people's spare parts hoping something will click. If that means admitting one of the guys they got for Fister is just a spare part, that's what has to be done. Sure he's now got a platoon of a guy who can't hit and a guy who'll be playing shortstop with a cane in one hand and his glove in the other, but when all you have to deal is a future long reliever and a utility guy who can't hit or play short, you can call it an error, but not an unforced error.

The same can be said for the Fister deal. It was done within days of the Joe Nathan signing, from this, we can only conclude that something had to be done and done fast to clear money to get their closer, and they had to get the closer. From this we can conclude that Dombrowski is now dealing with financial constraints he never had to before and this, combined with a farm system barren of trade chips, has severely limited his ability to work his magic.

Mar 26, 2014 06:56 AM
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BP staff member R.J. Anderson
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I don't have anything to add here other than I enjoyed the image of Gonzalez playing short with a cane on his hand. Thanks for the comment, but especially for that.

Mar 26, 2014 10:40 AM
 
DetroitDale

thanks for the kind words,

I should point out that I typo'ed on the year, 2014 is the last year they can field a contender, not 2013.

I'm still writing 2013 on my checks too ;-)

Mar 26, 2014 12:56 PM
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Scot

Not mentioned for Baltimore but also part of the scrap heap theme was the signing of Brett Wallace to a minor league deal. There's a good chance that Wallace will continue to dissapoint, but there's also a non-zero chance that he turns into Chris Davis v2. Nice little low risk signing, I think.

Mar 26, 2014 07:49 AM
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BP staff member R.J. Anderson
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Good point. Obviously a lot of these smaller deals for former top prospects don't work out, but occasionally one does and it makes it worth all the failures. I doubt Wallace is that guy, but as you said, you never know.

Mar 26, 2014 10:37 AM
 
NJTomatoes

Has there been any kind of official pronouncement by Illich that the pizza dough is running out? If so, that explains a lot. Maybe he's decided to take it with him even though it would be less compact than a WS ring?

Mar 26, 2014 11:22 AM
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DetroitDale

NJ, it's not so much what's been said but what hasn't been said, or more appropriately, what hasn't been seen. Mr. Ilitch hasn't been seen in public since he accepted the 2012 WS trophy and he didn't look good. He's missed several functions he used to attend. His heirs are known not to love the game as much as he does. I speculate this way because as you point out "it would explain a lot"

Mar 26, 2014 13:09 PM
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Dodger300

Commending Harang for his durrability is sort of like complimenting a restaurant because, even though the food sucks, at least the portions are large.

Mar 26, 2014 12:06 PM
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BP staff member R.J. Anderson
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Just wish it were Livan Hernandez instead.

Mar 26, 2014 13:39 PM
 
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