5 Players the Detroit Tigers Could Sever Ties With This Offseason
Detroit Tigers Could Get Rid of These 5 Players
Although the Detroit Tigers were successful in their attempt to win a third American League Central Division Championship in a row, they failed in winning what most thought they should. That being their first World Series title since 1984.
On paper, the Tigers have one of, if not the best lineup in all of baseball, not to mention the best pitching rotation in all of baseball as well. So, what's the problem? Why can't they get over the hump and finally put their team name back on the Commissioner's Trophy for the first time in nearly 30 years?
General Manager Dave Dombrowski has built this Tigers lineup as if it was a Mac Truck rather than a well-oiled machine. By the time the playoffs roll around, the Tigers' big boppers can barely run to first base, nobody has the ability to steal a bag, and there always seems to be one of their highest paid players under-performing. This heavy lineup needs to change if they want to make it to the next level.
That's not the only problem the Tigers find themselves facing going into the offseason. As of right now, the Tigers' payroll for seven players in 2014 is hovering around $107 million with potential contract extensions being negotiated between Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer, two very important pieces when it comes down to the potential success of the Tigers in the future.
With big time contracts already being given to the likes of Justin Verlander and an underachieving Prince Fielder, both Cabrera and Scherzer will be looking for massive paydays and the Tigers may not be able to fulfill their contract wishes due to what they already owe. However, if they choose to part ways with a certain few, maybe at least one of those highly coveted players can remain in a Tigers uniform.
Here are 5 players that the Tigers may choose to sever ties with this offseason.
5. Drew Smyly
Drew Smyly had a very productive season for the Tigers, earning a solid 2.37 ERA. He could find himself in a package deal with another arm as his stock may never be higher than it is right now.
4. Rick Porcello
Although not sporting the best ERA in the world, Rick Porcello went 13-8 for the Tigers and did very well on the back-end of an unbelievable Tigers rotation. They could afford to get rid of him to free up some money and bring in some much needed speed on the base-paths.
3. Victor Martinez
If the Tigers want to play a brand of baseball that will allow them to turn a single into someone standing on second base via stolen base, they will have to take a hit somewhere. Victor Martinez was one of their best players in the playoffs and is still owed $12 million in 2014. After that he becomes a free agent alongside Cabrera. It makes sense for the Tigers to part ways with Martinez who is a player that other contending teams could use in their quest for a championship.
2. Prince Fielder
Even after failing to have a productive postseason for the second season in a row for the Tigers, Prince Fielder is still owed a staggering and undeserving $168 million over the next seven seasons. Although teams will most likely not want to take on the rest of the money that Fielder is still owed, the Tigers could take somewhat of a financial hit by covering a portion of his salary and sending him elsewhere for a few players that will surely be more productive down the stretch and save a bit of cash as well. Cabrera or Fielder? That's an easy question to answer.
1. Max Scherzer
If the Tigers decide to give Fielder another chance at putting up solid numbers next season, they have to give up another big money maker in the process, especially if they want to ink Cabrera and make him a Tiger for life. That brings Max Scherzer into the mix. Scherzer's stock is sky high right now, and there are multiple teams around MLB that will give up a lot for the future Cy Young Award winner. If you want to keep Cabrera, you have to give up Fielder or Scherzer. With Verlander still throwing well, perhaps giving up Scherzer is the most realistic option that the Tigers have.