Man, we take our son to the mall for dinner and some play and all hell breaks loose. While I was gone, the Tigers inked Carlos Guillen for four more years and for $48 million. This is about what I expected as Guillen has turned himself into one of the top shortstops in baseball with some very solid seasons since joining the Tigers. I think the first two years of this deal will be good but the last too might not. Then again, I never thought Ivan Rodriguez would play out his four year deal, so we’ll wait and see. And it wouldn’t surprise me if at least one or two of these years are played as a firstbaseman, which tempers the deal a bit.
That blood clot seemed pretty serious. Kenny Rogers will miss three months but the good news is, it looks like Rogers is okay. So it looks like the Tigers face one of their toughest challenges of the season before the first pitch is even thrown and it means, the other four guys will have to step up that much more.
In the meantime, the Tigers took it to the Yankees in their next to last game of the spring season. Justin Verlander threw five shutout frames while Carlos Guillen had two hits and an RBI. They wrap things up tomorrow against the Yankees in Tampa.