Detroit Tigers' Hot Stove Primer

Dave HamptonCorrespondent INovember 4, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 25:  Placido Polanco #14 of the Detroit Tigers turns a double play on Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 25, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The World Series is close to wrapping up, and it has gotten chilly in the midwest. While some of the Tigers are home in the tropics or enjoying 18 holes in Florida, The Hammer Toss will keep you warm with the hot stove. Jump for joy!


Needless to say the offseason for the Detroit Tigers started on a bit of a sour note after losing game 163. Despite that I chose a couple reasons to stay optimistic. Foremost among them was, "Don't worry, guys, we would have been slaughtered by the Yankees anyway." 

Does that mean I didn't hope for the Tigers to win and get in? Of course not! Despite what the 2009 team had going for it, it was over weighted with failure. I was excited about the idea of thinking about the future.

That meant the offseason was here! Now is the time where we all get to put on our general manager shoes and think about what can be done to build a better ball club for next year. 

It is no secret that the American League Central Division was the weakest division in baseball this year. However that was 2009. It is time to gear up now for 2010.

The whole aim of this series is better baseball. In order to have better baseball in Detroit we need to build a better team.

While much of my focus may fall on players currently on the roster who will probably be back in 2010, let us not forget that general manager David Dombrowski has proven to be a trade wizard over the years.

Who saw the Edwin Jackson deal coming?

I study meteorology. Forecasting is one of my favorite things to do. On top of other discussions about the current roster and returning players, I will soon don my thinking cap and try my hand at being the David Dombrowski Trade Prognosticator.

In the continuation of this series, look forward to in depth discussion (in no particular order) on these topics:

1. Heir apparent? Will Scott Sizemore be playing everyday second base in 2010?

2. Position No. 6: What is the solution at shortstop?

3. Marcus Thames: Will he be offered a contract for 2010 or non-tendered?

4. Carlos Guillen: Where should we put his frail physique? 

5. Trade bait? Who might be stamping their luggage for a new destination?


These and many other burning topics are going to warm up your world as the hot stove lights on fire! Stay tuned to The Hammer Toss.