The Winter Meetings are underway in Las Vegas, Nevada and Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski wasted no time in adding to his 2009 squad.
The Tigers made a deal with the Texas Rangers to acquire catcher Gerald Laird for two minor league pitching prospects, Guillermo Mosoco and Carlos Melo. Laird had caught the eye of Detroit's front office for awhile now and the Tigers needed a sure player to turn to next season behind the plate.
Gerald Laird batted .276 in 344 at bats last season, while driving in 41 runners and hitting six long balls. He also played two games at third base last season and five at DH, so Laird has a little versatility.
On the same day, Dombrowski went out and signed shortstop Adam Everett. This move could fill the void at shortstop next season for the Tigers or it could create an even bigger question mark. Everett will definitely share time with Ramon Santiago at shortstop next season and Detroit will make a decision after this year on who to keep.
Everett was signed to a one-year contract that will pay him just over $1 million in incentives. He is a six-year veteran and last season hit .217 in 127 at bats.
With these two moves the Tigers do a great job of filling two questionable positions without spending big money to do it. But, questions still remain in the bullpen and starting rotation. So, since they saved money filling these voids, will they go after a big name to fill those voids?
We'll have to see.