Guest post by Travis Leonardi
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Since his debut in 2016, JaCoby Jones’s stellar defense and bright personality have led him to become a fan favorite in Detroit. He’s shown flashes of the power-speed prospect that was advertised when the Tigers traded Joakim Soria for him in 2015. However, Jones’ offensive production has been lackluster in his first few years as a professional. After leading the League in defensive runs saved in 2018, Tigers GM Al Avila stated Jones could be a future All-Star if he improved his hitting.
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As we approach tomorrow’s deadline Tigers fandom is itching for Avila to get off his lazy ass and make a trade. Trade Fiers, trade Liriano, trade Iglesias, trade Greene, trade Martin but the result of any inaction or action will be met with the same response of last year’s JD Martinez trade: “THE TIGERS DIDN’T GET ENOUGH!” “THEY TRADED HIM TOO EARLY/TOO LATE!” “AL AVILA SUCKS!”
The one polarizing figure we’re all waiting with bated breath for is Tigers ace Michael Fulmer: should he stay, should he go? Is he good or is he bad? Is he an 8-story tall crustacean from the protozoic era or is he a pitcher that goes out and throws every five days?
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Editor’s note: At the time of the writing of this article, Shane Greene was indeed pitching badly. However, it took your friends at Glass Half Fulmer so long to review it that Shane Greene is now pitching very well and we’ve made Andrew kind of look like a jackass in the process. Either way, Andrew, longtime friend of the blog, is staunchly not on Team Firesale, and he would like to share his reasoning.
THE TIGERS ARE DONE AFTER THIS YEAR, ACCEPT IT.
Seriously, this is probably the Tigers last year at contending for a title. It’s not so much that the two players that carry the team are old, even though age regression has yet to set in, it’s that they have key players up for free agency and the front office and ownership have shown a willingness to slash salary and rebuild as they attempted in the offseason. This is why I’m advocating for the Tigers to sell the entire farm system and to make one last run at the playoffs. The team has relatively few holes and the holes they do have are easily acquired or the hole honestly doesn’t matter a whole hell of a lot. They have decent enough talent in the minors, albeit without a marquee name, to make trades for good players or a great player like they did in 2014.
The Tigers bullpen remains an area of concern for this. Bruce Rondon doesn’t have it all after being lights out for August and September last year striking out 26 in 21 innings with an ERA under 2. K Rod is lost somewhere in the void and teams seemed to have figured out just to not swing at anything that’s remotely low in the zone.
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