Tigers desperately need a real leadoff hitter, not KKKKKKurtis Granderson, and they need the big bat, lefty or not. Soriano comes to mind. Pitching will be fine if they remember how to field properly. Not only do they have the good pitching from this year, but they have the Miller kid that they drafted this year and already saw time in the bigs, but they have very highly rated Humberto Sanchez in triple A along with Fernando Tata that is a quality start waiting to play.
Minor League player of the year Cameron Mabin is probably close to ready to play as well. The future is bright for years to come. Go Tigers!
I think Bonds will eiher play for the Giants, A's or the Angels.
While he was still productive hitter, look at his OBP, I seriously doubt he'll get anywhere past 10 million base to play next year. This will be a real test of his desire to break the all-time record. Can he put his ego aside and make less in order to break the record?
I would say that an ideal contract would be around 8 million base with a boat load of incentives in which he could make several millions more.
Out of the three teams I mentioned above I think the Giants the most likely stop for his final year in baseball.
For Barry, I would think the only teams willing to put up with everything that goes along with Barry Bonds would be the Giants or small market teams. I wouldn't think the A's or Angels would want to touch him. They are both playoff-contention teams that wouldn't want the constant swirls of controversy that will surround his every move.
Baseball needs to toughen up its testing procedures fast. Include HGH! Then we'll watch guys start to shrink again.
I don't think Manny goes anywhere. He repeatedly said in '06 he was happy to be in Boston. They should keep him until the end of his contract, try to win more championships and then even try to re-sign him!
LOL!! Tell me about it. Supposedly they have talked about this (Glavine and Maddux) and would like to finish up their careers with Smoltz in Atlanta and give it one more shot. I thought it sounded a bit odd myself. There are a few obstacles in the way however....one being Scott Boras being Muddux's agent and the Braves do not like to spend money....not a good combo.
No way Maddux or Glavine come back to Atlanta this year. The Braves' rotation is stacked/crowded enough with Smoltz, Hudson, James, Ramirez, and Davies. I can't see them throwing money at Maddux or Glavine for one year. Besides, with Pedro out for a while next season, I can't imagine the Mets allowing Glavine to get away.
"No way Maddux or Glavine come back to Atlanta this year. The Braves' rotation is stacked/crowded enough with Smoltz, Hudson, James, Ramirez, and Davies."
I agree but it has been rumored so it is worth mentioning. They are both FA's next year. Supposedly a conversation took place between the 2 and they both said that they would love to end their careers together in Atlanta. I would be VERY shocked if it happened but crazier things have happened.