Roundtable: The Winter Meetings

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff on some of the hot button topics of the offseason? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Do you expect the Tigers be players next week at the Winter Meetings?

Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
I don't believe the Tigers are going into the Winter Meetings looking to make a big splash; they already made their big move in adding Gary Sheffield, and they solidified first base when they resigned Sean Casey to a one year deal. However, that doesn't mean the Tigers will sit on their hands, especially considering the incredible pitching depth the Tigers still possess, despite shipping out three arms to acquire Sheffield earlier this month. The Tigers could still potentially be searching for a top flight catching prospect to groom as Pudge Rodriguez's replacement, and a power hitting lefty certainly wouldn't hurt either. However, unlike year's past, Dave Dombrowski isn't heading to the Winter Meetings wanting/needing to get something done.

Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
I expect the Tigers to carry the same approach this season, as they have in years past. They'll talk to anyone willing to listen, and listen to anyone willing to talk. While in past years they have approached the Winter Meetings with a more detailed and urgent agenda, the Tigers are in the enviable position of not needing to make a move this year. There are certainly still areas where an upgrade or influx of talent would be welcome, but nothing is of dire need at this time. Expect to hear the Tigers name tossed around freely, but don't expect anything major to take place. They'll likely be involved in some heated discussions for a future catching option and possibly some relievers that could impact the make-up of the bullpen in 2007, but that's about all. This will be a bit different than past seasons, but should still be interesting to keep an eye on.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I don't expect the Tigers to be major players at the Winter Meetings, but with Dave Dombrowski, you never know. The Tigers could still be on the lookout for Jamie Walker's replacement, or they could try to swing a trade for much-needed prospects at catcher and shortstop. If their is one thing to expect with DD, it's the unexpected. DD has never been an executive who will sit and be content. If their is a move to be made (either free agent signing, or trade) that can make the team better, DD will make it.

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