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PostSubject: Ignoring MLB signing guidelines benefits Tigers   Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:49 pm

Saturday, December 8, 2007

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Ignoring MLB benefits Tigers

Detroit could never have dealt for Cabrera, Willis if it has stayed within signing guidelines

Tracy Ringolsby / Scripps Howard News Service


The Tigers have thumbed their nose at Major League Baseball each of the past three years and signed their top draft choices for well above the assigned slot money.

This week, the Tigers benefited.

They took two of the players they overpaid (bonuses totaling $6.3 million) -- 2005 first-round pick Cameron Maybin, an outfielder, and 2006 first-round pick Andrew Miller, a left-handed pitcher -- and used them as the basis of a six-player package that brought them left-hander Dontrelle Willis and third baseman Miguel Cabrera.


Had the Tigers followed MLB's signing guidelines, they would not have been able to make the trade because there were no prospects in their system who are close to the potential of Maybin and Miller.

Fact is there aren't many prospects at all in the Tigers system. With their moves this offseason -- they also added shortstop Edgar Renteria from the Braves for two prime prospects -- the Tigers basically have gambled that they can win a championship in 2008 or 2009.

After that, they figure to be headed back into the black hole that engulfed the franchise for nearly two decades before their World Series appearance in 2006.

The intriguing part of what the Tigers did this offseason was they focused on beefing up their strength, offense, and ignored their glaring weakness, the bullpen. And there are questions about Willis, who, despite pitching in the most pitcher-friendly park in the National League, went from 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA in 2005 to a combined 22-27 with a 4.49 ERA the past two
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PostSubject: Re: Ignoring MLB signing guidelines benefits Tigers   Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:38 pm

The Tigers will be a contender way beyond 2009. It will be a long time before the Tigers are a losing team again
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PostSubject: Re: Ignoring MLB signing guidelines benefits Tigers   Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:57 pm

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After that, they figure to be headed back into
the black hole that engulfed the franchise for nearly two decades
before their World Series appearance in 2006.

Bull to that, they will be great for many years to come, they act like all our players are over 40!


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PostSubject: Re: Ignoring MLB signing guidelines benefits Tigers   Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:19 am

That is complete horseshit! Wishful Thinking maybe for non- Tigers Fans! But The Tigers will be a force to be reckoned with for many seasons to come.
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PostSubject: Re: Ignoring MLB signing guidelines benefits Tigers   Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:20 am

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