TigsTown Roundtable: For Christmas

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: In the spirit of Christmas, if you could ask for one thing for the Tigers, what would it be?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
If I could ask for one thing for the Tigers, it would be for health. Simply put, this team in 2006 and 2007 surged due in large part because the team's core players all remained healthy. But in 2008 and 2009, too many players battled injuries and struggled either staying on the field, or producing when they were on it. While there are a lot of fans that are feeling let down and without much hope for the 2010 season, the fact is, this team still has enough talent to compete. But for that to happen, the Tigers will need everyone to remain healthy and productive. But if it does, the 2010 version of the Detroit Tigers, highlighted by a potentially outstanding starting rotation, and a lineup filled with All-Stars sprinkled with young up-and-comers, this team CAN compete. But for it to happen, things have to go right, and the biggest one is that this team needs to stay healthy.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
My one wish for the Tigers for Christmas, is that the fans of this great franchise give the young players slated for big roles on the roster (Sizemore, Avila, and Jackson) the opportunity to gain experience and prove themselves before immediately writing them off or talking of the demise of the team. These three players are all very talented, each with a wealth of skills that can help this team remain competitive over the long term. Avila brings an offensive minded catcher to the game, with the ability to hit for a decent average, work counts and get on base, and slug a bit. Sizemore brings a well-rounded offensive game that has average, on-base ability, power, some speed, and a generally gritty approach to the game. Jackson is an athletic freak with tools galore and the raw talent to be a very good big league player. All three of these players has wonderful raw ability, but all three of them are bound to struggle at points in the 2010 season; and for Christmas, I hope that Tiger fans will provide them the opportunity to learn and grow; our team will be better for it!

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
What I would wish for the Tigers is to continue to put their financial resources into continuing drafting and developing young talent. The Tigers have done a solid job of landing players, particularly in Venezuela, who have gone under the radar, and I really believe that could be a great boon for them in the future. I also hope that the Tigers don't make any rush judgments (especially on free agents, trades, etc.) because that can lead to mistakes that can hamper a club for years to come (Vernon Wells, Barry Zito, etc.). I am concerned that with all of the money set to come off the books after 2010, and Dave Dombrowski heading into the final year of his contract, the Tigers may try to go for broke and make some poor decisions that could put the team right back into their current financial pickle, not to mention should they trade away prospects that would require another replenishment of the farm system. After this season, the Tigers should be in good shape from a payroll standpoint, and they'll have some young players already in place that can help them for years to come. Hopefully, they will stay that course and not try for what could be a very expensive quick fix that could hurt the Tigers in the long run.

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