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Home Town Discount?

It’s amazing the difference that three years can make.  Prior to the 2005 season, the Tigers supposedly made big league offers to guys like Carl Pavano and Steve Finley only to be shot down.  What turned out to be a blessing in disguise, the Tigers kept their money and now have one of the deepest pitching staffs in baseball.

In this Free Press Column, prospects Jordan Tata and Virgil Vasquez talk about the pros and cons of getting traded.  On the one hand, there’s plenty of traffic in their way.  Andrew Miller might not be in the rotation to start this season, but you know he’ll be there no later then 2008 and that’s probably selling him short.  Guys like Tata and Vazquez are icing on the cake.  Their path got a little shorter when the Tigers traded Humberto Sanchez but they’re still like seventh and eighth on the depth chart.

Then on the other hand, when they do get the call, they should be playing for a winner.  And that’s the sweet part for Tiger fans.  The Tigers might not make the playoffs evey season over the next four or five, but you figure they should be right there every year.

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