Friday, July 09, 2010

Cliff Lee Traded to Texas Rangers

GREAT news for us Tigers fans. I don't consider the Rangers a threat to anyone so him going there was the best possible scenario for us. Not to the Twins.

Now...are we in the mix for anyone ourselves? Rumors have been around the last month, or so, and seem to be getting louder this week that we may be into something with Arizona. We've heard quite a bit about picking up shortstop Stephen Drew from the D-Backs, but also a little about Danny Haren as well. This week our youngster Rick Porcello had his start pushed back and speculation is that it was so scouts could take a look. Prompting many to think that maybe he could head to Arizona in a deal with others that could bring back Haren and Drew.

I am not against this scenario at all. Depends on what else we give up, but it isn't going to be significant I'm sure. Porcello is gonna be the prize of that deal for them. Young, and cheap. They aren't going anywhere anytime soon and m,ay as well take some slimming pills to their payroll.

Haren has had an off year so far, but hasn't been awful. He has given up 4 ERs only once in his last 7 starts and is still striking out almost a batter per inning this year. What he brings besides possible Ace stuff is the ability to pitch deep into games almost every time out. Something that is essential for keeping the bullpen fresh the rest of the way.

Drew on the other hand is nothing special really. He is a lefty SS that hits very well against righties. The thought by me is that he can platoon with Ramon Santiago there. Santiago hits significantly better against LHP than Drew does and Santiago can pick up some starts at 2B when Guillen is in the DH slot. Just more MI depth if Worth decides to start hitting like he is supposed to, which is not at all.

I don't even care if we get Drew, but Haren is good for this year and maybe further. He is very established as an Ace.

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