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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2008-11-29

Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2008-11-29
The pitching staff was in a general state of disarray at the end of the season following an April breakdown of the rotation and an August/September collapse of the back end of the bullpen. This is an aging team of star position players that really didn't mesh in 2008, mostly because it was betrayed by its pitching staff. The organization hopes one year of tweaking is all that's needed before the introduction of younger, faster players is necessary. Shedding one of the DH types will be a quiet winter priority.

BIGGEST NEEDS: Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski said the team will be looking outside the organization for a closer, although it does have shaky RHP Fernando Rodney to fall back on. The rotation had just two sure members (RHPs Justin Verlander and Armando Galarraga) entering the offseason, and at least one member must be imported. Additional late-inning relief help is also a must. Veteran catching help must be found for rookie C Dusty Ryan now that Brandon Inge has been returned to third base. The buyout of SS Edgar Renteria mandates acquisition of a shortstop.

FREE AGENTS: RHP Freddy Garcia, SS Edgar Renteria, LHP Kenny Rogers, RHP Todd Jones, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, LHP Casey Fossum, C Vance Wilson, C Dane Sardinha, RHP Gary Glover.

Garcia wants to return, and the Tigers want him, but a contract must be worked out. Renteria might wind up back in Detroit if the Tigers can't find a suitable replacement. Rogers is not likely to be asked back unless he'll pitch for peanuts. Jones has announced his retirement. Farnsworth won't be offered arbitration or a contract, and Fossum probably won't be offered arbitration. Glover and Sardinha were outrighted to the minors but elected free agency. Wilson has missed two years due to Tommy John surgery and could return on a minor league contract with a chance to make the roster when able.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: RHP Justin Verlander, LHP Bobby Seay, INF Ramon Santiago, OF Marcus Thames, RHP Joel Zumaya, RHP Aquilino Lopez, RHP Fernando Rodney.

Every player is probable to at least be offered arbitration. Detroit will explore offering Verlander a longer-term contract but may go with a one-year deal to see how he rebounds off his poor 2008 campaign.

IN LIMBO: LHP Nate Robertson, LHP Dontrelle Willis, OF Marcus Thames, UT Ryan Raburn.

Even though Robertson and Willis have guaranteed contracts, Detroit can't afford to keep both unless both are in the rotation. Thames and Raburn have limited market value.


RHP Joel Zumaya (right shoulder soreness due to scar tissue breakup) will keep building up his shoulder and begin throwing in December.

RHP Jeremy Bonderman (right rib removal, blood clot surgery in June 2008) resumed throwing before Thanksgiving and is expected to be fully ready when spring training begins.

C Vance Wilson (Tommy John surgeries in June 2007 and June 2008) has missed the past two seasons. His return will be well after spring training.

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Added: November 29, 2008

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