The Tigers look like they’re going to start near the top in their search for a new shortstop and as reported by Billfer, they’re going to at least talk to Rafael Furcal. What’s ironic is, the Tigers old shortstop, Edgar Renteria, eventually replaced Furcal in Atlanta when Furcal went to the Dodgers in a three year deal. Furcal has a ton of upside but he’s had a hard time putting it all together for a full season lately. He’s topped the 150 game mark just three times in his career but despite that, he had a stretch of seasons where he scored at least 100 runs from 2003 through 2006.
Based on the Tigers budget limits though, I find it unlikely that Furcal would sign. His price tag is too much and you’d have to think the injuries the last couple of years would prevent the Tigers from going all out to sign him.
If I could pick a favorite minor league player in the Tigers system, it’d be Jeff Larish. He finally got his taste of the big leagues last year and he might stick in a reserve role next year depending on how the spring shakes out. He’s a lefty (like me), has a good eye (235 walks versus 329 strikeouts) and can hit for power. Up until now though, he’s lingered in the bottom half of the top ten prospects list and he’s hoping to make the jump with a good showing in the Arizone Fall League. More importantly, he’s learning to play third base, which would give him an even better chance of sticking with the Tigers next season.
The diary idea has now gone to the NBA. My NBA sistersite, Pistonsblog, has started a 1988-89 Pistons Championship diary. These are the guys who got me hooked on the NBA for a while and if you were in your teens during that time, the read should be nostalgic.