Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
There may be gaping holes at shortstop and in left field, and David Ortiz might be the most dangerous hitter in baseball, but if given the choice, I don't see how you can't select Josh Beckett. He's still only 27 years old, and is well on his way to putting a team on his back and carrying them to a World Series victory for the second time. Troy Tulowitski is certainly an interesting pick, but who knows how much his offense was helped by the friendly thin air. And as great a pick as David Ortiz would be, the Tigers already have one designated hitter (Gary Sheffield), and have an outfielder well on his way to being one (Magglio Ordonez). Adding Josh Beckett gives the team a bonafide ace, and shifts everyone else in the rotation down a slot, putting less pressure on the young pitchers to step up, and giving the team a deadly combo with Beckett and Justin Verlander.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
There are some absolutely major names on both of these rosters; ranging from Josh Becket and Manny Ramirez, to Matt Holliday and Todd Helton. Despite those names -- and many more -- I choose Troy Tulowitzki for the 2008 Tigers. With the move of Carlos Guillen to first base, the Tigers have a gaping hole at shortstop, and Tulo is one of the elite young shortstops in the game. He is a freakish defender with the ability to make every play and any throw. His offense is more than adequate for the position, and is likely to improve in the coming seasons. With Troy, the Tigers would have a big time shortstop to anchor their infield for the forseeable future.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
My pick would be Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Not only would it fill an obvious positional need, you would also be getting a player who has put up solid numbers in his rookie year (there is a significant drop on his home/road splits) with the bat. Although his strikeouts (130) concern me, I think that's something that will improve as he gets older. Colorado's Matt Holliday would also be a player to consider for left field. You could also look at Boston's Jon Papelbon to close, or Colorado's Jeff Francis, Franklin Morales, and Ubaldo Jimenez as solid additions to the pitching staff.
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