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Friday, November 10, 2006

"Why, hello there children"

And the Tigers respond with "Hey, Sheff"...

Today Detroit has officially traded for Gary Sheffield, the power hitting outfielder (and a bit of a headcase as well). In exchange for him, the Tigers have dealt minor league pitchers Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett to the New York Yankees. Personally, I am not a huge fan of this trade, as A) I think that Humberto Sanchez will probably be an excellent pitcher, B) I think Sheff may hurt the clubhouse morale, and C) The numbers on the other two pitchers that we gave up were pretty good, though they were still in the low minors, so it's hard to say how they would pan out. I guess only time will tell if this is the trade that takes us to the playoffs, or sets us back a couple of years. The only thing to look for now is how soon we trade Craig Monroe/Marcus Thames, and what to do about our lack of a 1st baseman (unless we move Sheff to 1st base....hmmm....kind of intriguing), and finding another bullpen arm. Plus, we should probably start looking for replacements at SS and C in the near future. Oh, well, hope Sheff can cook us up a winner come next October.


Anonymous Josh said...

Intriguing to say the least - I think that 1st base might be OK with more practice for him b/c, and I never thought I'd ever say this, but, I'd like to see Craig Monroe stay in D-town for a long time. He's become a solid outfielder with a plus arm and he came up with alot of clutch hits this he turned a corner and saw the light.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous James said...

It is a good trade (not great though). I like his hitting ability and average, but I'm not 100% sold on his fielding ability. I know that he will not be used at 1st base as Leyland has stated that. I think that we needed to do something and this was the first step to get back to the World Series as you didn't have to give up a major leaguer for him.

10:31 AM  

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