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Al Alburquerque Should Be Closing For The Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers’ decision to trade Doug Fister was one of the more perplexing moves of this past offseason. General manager Dave Dombrowski maintained that the $7.2 million the 30-year-old Fister was in line to earn through arbitration could be used elsewhere–specifically, on a free-agent closer.

Two days later, the Tigers inked Joe Nathan to a two-year, $20 million contract. Somewhat predictably, the 39-year-old closer has fallen apart in 2014. Nathan has pitched to the tune of a 5.28 ERA (versus a park-adjusted 4.13 xFIP) and 1.92 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.

Still without a solution for the ninth inning, Dombrowski acquired Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Soria tossed 4.1 innings of 10.38 ERA-baseball until succumbing to a strained left abdominal. It’s quite possible the impending free agent will not throw another pitch in 2014.

Yet, despite wasting funds and prospect assets on finding a “proven” closer, the Tigers have continued to overlook a perfectly capable, internal option: Al Alburquerque. Continue reading

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Mets Off-Season Mission: Trade Johan Santana

According to Adam Rubin, the New York Mets only plan to spend between $10 to $15 million this off-season, despite favorably settling their Bernie Madoff-related lawsuit mid-season. The news is a tremendous letdown to Mets fans everywhere, as homegrown star David Wright more or less stated that any extension discussion would be contingent on the result of this coming off-season. Yes, fans can probably kiss Wright goodbye, and endure many subsequent seasons of losses with players like Miguel Batista taking the field. That is, unless, they trade Johan Santana this off-season. Continue reading

Re-Signing David Wright Will Take More Than Just Re-Signing David Wright

For the first time in arguably three seasons, David Wright is playing like a franchise player again. Whether it was the power draught of 2009 (just 10 HR, .447 SLG), wondrous wiffing of 2010 (161 K’s, 10.4% SwStr%, 76.6% Contract%), cracked back of 2011 (.254/.345/.427 line in just 447 PA’s), and generally poor defense in each of those three seasons (-12.2 UZR/150, -9.5 UZR/150, and -16.4 UZR/150, respectively), Wright simply had not been playing to the caliber of his 2005-to-2008-self.

But perhaps finally feeling at home in Citi Field, David Wright is back, baby. So far in 2012, the 29 year-old has posted a fantastic .323/.415/.533 line with 16 HR, 75 RBI, 70 R, and 12 SB in 487 pain-free PA’s. In addition, the Norfolk-native is fielding like the Gold Glover he once was (but never truly deserved to be), gloving to the tune of a 9.3 UZR/150. With just one year remaining on the $55 million contract he signed in 2007, it’s pretty obvious the Mets want and need to extend the man.

However, merely extending David Wright won’t be as simple as it sounds. According his interview with Mike Puma, it appears as though handing the homegrown hero a blank check won’t cut it: Continue reading