It looks like Dave Dombrowski isn’t a betting man and I think the fact that the Tigers didn’t offer Edgar Renteria arbitration was a wise one. Had the Tigers offered Edgar arbitration and he refused and signed elsewhere, the Tigers would have gotten two draft picks. Of course the gamble is, he takes the bait and the Tigers are forced to go with Renteria for another year at short. Instead, the Tigers just chose not to take the draft pick bait and cut ties with the shortstop.
Now, the Tigers have to figure out what to do at shortstop. They’ve all but written off Ramon Santiago as a full year option saying he’s not durable enough to man the spot for an entire season. The problem is, none of the names that have been thrown around in a trade haven’t been all the appealing. Julio Lugo, Alex Cora nor Jack Wilson really sound all that appealing. There’s really no immediate help in the system. Cale Iorg has been pegged as the shortstop of the future, but he still hasn’t even made it to Double-A yet (where he’s expected to play in 2009). That puts him at least a year away unless he’s an even bigger surprise and lights it up in the minors.