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Monday, November 06, 2006
The Tigers should just say no to trading Bonderman.
Q . Will the Tigers trade Jeremy Bonderman?
A . A personal feeling is yes. I suspect the Tigers will receive an offer too good to refuse. This team has more needs than some folks appreciate. The Tigers need a first baseman with power, they need a catcher they can groom to succeed Pudge Rodriguez, and they need an upper-tier infield prospect as Carlos Guillen—and even Brandon Inge—prepare for possible free agency. A 24-year-old pitcher of Bonderman’s 200-innings, 200-strikeouts status is going to command multiple players, all of which the Tigers will need if they expect to be a long-term contender.
Q . Isn’t it suicidal to trade a pitcher of Bonderman’s skills and youth?
A . A team that builds its organization around pitching will pay a price in hitters and position players. You compensate by trading one of those successful pitchers for multiple offensive players. There is risk involved, but these are the deals you must make, particularly when the Tigers could have 10 or more legitimate starters in camp when everyone reports in February.
Posted: November 06, 2006 at 03:00 PM | 57 comment(s)
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