November 30, 2011

The Return of Ramon (and further speculation)

I don't mind the signing of Ramon Santiago for two more years. Santiago has been a solid performer for the Tigers in a limited role the past few seasons. He's a lot like former Tiger Marcus Thames — everyone argued for Thames to be the everyday left fielder — a guy who is much better suited to a reserve role. 

He can fill in regularly at a few different positions; plus, he's an exceptional bunter and provides "sneaky power" now and then. He doesn't hurt the team on defense, either. 

I think Maicer Izturis or Martin Prado would be better everyday options at second base for the Detroiters. In fact, I think that Izturis would be similar to former Tiger Placido Palanco. I think he would hit well, play good defense, and provide some speed. I would see him hitting .275 with 25-30 doubles and a few homers for the Tigers. We will see how expensive he gets. 

Holding out hope for the Tigers to go after Mark Buehrle, who I don't think will require a king's ransom from the Tigers. He knows the team, the city; the fact that the Tigers might be poised to win the Central Division for a few years could entice him. He would be a great addition to put right between Justin Verlander and Twisted Fister. 

What's everyone think? 

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