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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(in response to a MLBTradeRumors’ piece entitled, ‘Tigers Still Successfully Adapting Long After Peralta Suspension‘, which praises Dave Dombrowski’s offseason maneuvers).
Here are two players’ 2011-13 combined stats:
*3.15 ERA, 124 ERA+, 1.14 WHIP and 3.37 K/BB
*3.30 ERA, 124 ERA+, 1.18 WHIP and 3.75 K/BB
One of these players, who only had two years of team control left, netted Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The other one, who also currently has two years of team control left, only netted Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
Does it really matter who is James Shields or Doug Fister? Continue reading
After closing for the Detroit Tigers for the past three seasons, Jose Valverde was granted his free-agency. The pitcher’s departure–perhaps not to-be-missed by fans who watched him under perform in the playoffs (16.20 ERA and 2.40 WHIP in 1.6 IP)–has left the team without a seasoned closer.
Yet, even though Valverde’s 3.00 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 110 Saves seems good enough for a closer, the righty only posted a 1.94 K/BB and alarmingly annual xFIP spikes (from 3.75 xFIP in 2010, to 4.01 xFIP in 2011, to 5.01 xFIP in 2012). The Tigers might not have a “proven” closer going in 2013, but they certainly have some good options to potentially fill the void. Continue reading
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Jhonny Peralta is arguably enjoying the finest season of his entire career. In his first full-season with the Detroit Tigers, the shortstop has posted a .306/.355/.487 line with 19 homeruns, 80 RBI, 62 runs, and a 9.4 UZR/150. Offensively, Peralta ranks third among shortstops, and defensively, he’s fourth.
But considering Peralta owned a .249/.311/.392 line with a -1.2 UZR/150 at shortstop and -6.1 UZR/150 at third base last season, many people are wondering if his 2011 is for real. Upon taking a closer look, Peralta is far from a fluke. In fact, the 29 year-old has actually consistently followed a very unique trend that justifies his elite 2011 season. Continue reading
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Doug Fister has never won more than six games in a single season, and has already been saddled with twelve losses this year. The former Seattle Mariner and recently acquired Detroit Tiger pitcher will never lead the league in strikeouts, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever win a Cy Young. Yet despite the surface obstacles, Fister might just be the next great control artist.
To-date, Doug Fister has logged 387 innings over the course of three seasons–most of which in 2010 (171 innings) and 2011 (155 innings). During that span, the right-hander owns a career 3.81 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 2.76 K/BB. Despite posting a below-league-average 5.07 K/9, Fister also boasts an outstanding 1.8 BB/9. That’s slightly better than Roy Halladay‘s career 1.84 BB/9, and the exact same as Mr. Control himself, Greg Maddux. Continue reading
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