Are they or aren't they?
That seems to be the question of the moment when referring to the Tigers' interest in some of the few remaining star pitchers left to be traded, including Matt Garza and Jair Jurrjens. It was reported that the Tigers had a high level of interest in Garza especially, and that they might be even willing to trade the young hot shot Jacob Turner for him. To most diehard Tigers fans, a Turner trade sounded like a terrible, awful, no good, very bad idea.
Luckily, our hero Dave Dombrowski assuaged our fears by confirming that the Tigers would not be trading Jacob Turner. In fact, he went on to say that not only were the Tigers not trading Turner, but they weren't looking to trade for any high profile pitchers at all.
While we know that it's good long-term to hold on to Turner, wouldn't it have been fun to see Garza wear the Old English D? Sure, we cursed his name when he no-hit the 2010 squad, but doesn't that show that he really is a true talent and has only good things in his future? He would have filled out our rotation quite nicely this year.
We really do get it, though. Turner will (or at least, should) pay off for us in the end. The three of us are just impatient and greedy, and the mere mention of a potential Garza trade excited us. Sigh…
But HEY. Don't worry, people, our fearless leader gave us some other thrilling news this week. In an explosive deal, the Tigers have acquired 29-year-old 2B/OF Eric Patterson from the San Diego Padres. WOW!
It now looks more and more likely that the Santiago/Raburn platoon will continue. Excuse our language, but f**k no. Yeah, they both definitely have their moments, but Raburn should be banned from playing the infield and Santiago's hitting is sporadic at best. Is Martin Prado really too much to hope for, Dave?? I know we can't have a sexy, game-changing Victor Martinez deal every year, but can't you make some kind of semi-attractive move?
The days drag on, with not even TigerFest to look forward too. We're so desperate for baseball over here, we might "accidentally" show up at the inaugural Kid's Convention in a few weeks at Comerica. We can see ourselves now, being dragged kicking and screaming from the stadium by security after trying to pass ourselves off as twelve year olds, the Tigers players looking on in disgust.
Now THAT would be interesting news.