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The only position on the Tigers roster more in question than second base is the hot corner at third.
Wilson Betemit was brought in from the Royals at the trade deadline this year and has since had trouble getting on the field despite putting up great numbers in the appearances he has made. There has been speculation that Jim Leyland simply doesn't view him as an everyday player and refuses to give him regular starts.
With Betemit being a free agent next season, you have to wonder if he'd even want to return to a place where he doesn't seem to be wanted by his manager. Betemit is my preferred option, but I have a funny feeling he'll think twice about coming back.
Don Kelly has made quite a few starts at third this year and hasn't looked horrible. The problem is that he hasn't looked great either and hasn't done much to convince anyone he is more than a good bench player.
The free agent depth at third base is horrendous. Outside of Aramis Ramirez, who figures to be too pricey for the Tigers to consider, there are really next to no options.
And we haven't even talked about the elephant in the room, Brandon Inge. Inge is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2012 and is currently hitting .192 with 20 RBI after nearly 300 plate appearances and a stint in the minors.
Inge has been beaten up enough this season so I will just say that he is not the answer, regardless of his salary.
Nick Castellanos is the Tigers' No.2 ranked prospect and has looked stellar at Single A West Michigan. The problem is he is still at least a full year away from the big leagues. When he gets to the Motor City, he will do big things, but that won't be in 2012.
I'm going to go out on a limb and trust that Jim Leyland and Wilson Betemit can iron out their differences during the rest of 2011 enough to convince him to return on a one-or-two-year deal.