Outside of signing Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal, the Tigers have been fairly quiet this winter. I haven’t seen anything official but it looks like the Tigers aren’t going to be a mover or a shaker at this years winter meeting. Rather then signing a second baseman, it sounds like they’re going to go with a Ramon Santiago/Ryan Raburn platoon. Third base we’ll see Don Kelly/Brandon Inge. At times, especially late in the season, this looked like a good idea. You have your better hitters with their defensive replacements that can come in late to lock down the game. Still, we’ll see how this works for 162 games.
I’ve heard a lot of names that the Tigers are interested. Octavio Dotel, Aramis Ramirez and Mark Buehrle have all been mentioned. I like Buehrle and think he’d be a huge addition but it looks like the Tigers are looking for something different. Of course what the team says and what they do are two different things. For now, it sounds like Jacob Turner is going to head the list for that final rotation spot until or if the Tigers sign someone else.
The Tigers outrighted Ryan Strieby. This guy can mash but his wrists have been a problem. Now he’s 26 and he’s looking more like a career minor league hitter like Mike Hessman. This opens up a roster spot so if the Tigers decide to pull the trigger on a Rule 5 pick, they’ll have a spot open.