TigsTown Roundtable: Roster Upgrades

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 think the Tigers should still be looking to actively ship out more of their minor league pitching to upgrade elsewhere?

Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
At this point, I feel as if the Tigers have very little to gain by shipping out more minor league arms. The Tigers will head into spring training with every starting position already spoken for, and Omar Infante and Marcus Thames on the bench wondering how they're going to get more at bats. On the other side of the game, the rotation appears set (assuming Mike Maroth is healthy) and the bullpen certainly wasn't a liability last year (ignoring the fielding complications in the World Series). The time may come at some point this season where they're going to need to look to make an upgrade somewhere, and that's the time when they should dip into their farm system and ship out an arm to upgrade for the playoff stretch. But for now, the Tigers should hold serve with what they have, and see where they stand later on.

Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
I don't really see the value in shuttling off more pitching at this point. The Tigers could certainly use upgrades at a position or two, but I don't see anything else on the market that's going to make a huge impact for this club in 2007. I'd rather the club assess their needs throughout the season and then acquire a player that fits those needs, for the playoff stretch. They'll still have that pitching depth at the deadline, and there shouldn't be a rush to move guys out now. Even with the depth they have now, they'd likely be better served to allow a couple of pitchers to further establish their prospect status. As guys like Miller and Jurrjens are likely to be off limits, they'll need pitchers like Trahern, Vasquez, French, and the like to continue establishing their trade value. In the end, the Tigers would be better served to wait until roughly mid-season to ship out pitchers for big league help.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think Dave Dombrowski and his staff are always looking to improve the Tigers, regardless of whether it's major or minor league players going the other way, but I don't think they should be actively shopping good prospects just for the sake of making a deal. If they can move some guys for an upgrade in the organization they'll do it. However, with teams roughly a month away from reporting to spring training, I wouldn't expect any player movement until March, when the scouts have had a chance to see players who can potentially help, and a deal can be worked out.

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