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2020 Rock Bottom 59-103 CUBS-clev 
Posted on September 10, 2017 at 11:47 PM.
THE SEASON:
Finally, we hit rock bottom. We went with a mix of young guys and vets. LF Stewart .299 finished 2nd ROY and SP Alexander 10-11, 3.14 finished 3rd. SS Young .273 also had a great R year. Vet LF Revere led the league in SB (44) top 10 in avg (.294) H (181) 2nd in DBL (44) but was just not dynamic enough to deal at the deadline. Fulmer went 10-8, 2.80 and Zimmermann had a decent year 3.06 but was hurt at the deadline so he couldn't be dealt. While Cabrera is slowing down he still had a good yar .275, 18hr 73 rbi but those aren't $20-$30 M a year nymbers. RF Castellanos .270, 15 hr 78 rbi is probably our best non P traid bait. Daniel Norris 7-16, 3.96 is on the verge of being traded while future star Faedo had a rough R season at 4-19, 5.17 and CP Jimenez had 25 sv but a 9.08 era. The future is bright as our prospect list is growing but we may suck for a few more years. We tied with CHW and SDP for worst record. We are listed above CHW in our division so I'm assuming we don't get the 1st pick.

STANDINGS:
AL East
1. NYY 101-61 2. BAL 92-70 3. BOS 86-76 TOR 85-77 TB 75-87

AL Central
1. CLE 88-74 2. KC 84-78 3. MIN 82-80 4. DET 59-103 5. CHW 59-103

AL West
1.HOU 91-71 2.TEX 85-77 3.SEA 82-80 4.LAA 81-81 5. OAK 69-93

NL East
1. NYM 98-64 2.MIA 81-81 3.WAS 81-81 4.PHI 73-89 5.ATL 67-95

NL Central
1.CHC 102-60 2.STL 80-83 3.PIT 77-85 4.MIL 69-93 5.CIN 68-94

NL West
1.LAD 118-44 2.SFG 92-70 3.COL 77-85 4.ARI 71-91 5.SDP 59-103


SEP/OCT: 59-103 (15-18)

AAA: 84-59 1st 2B Park (#4) SP Kinney (#32)
RF Ayala .325* 25hr 83 rbi 179 H* 40dbl* 92 R* 87bb* .418 OB*
.548 slug* .966 OPS*
2B Park .303 / RF Acevedo .284 13hr / C Ramiro .283 11hr 73rbi
CF Azocar .282 / LF Babcock .273 / 2B Carney .272
CF Hill .262
SP Manning 10-9, 3.76 189K* 167ip / RP Keys 1.73 / RP Santana 1.77
RP Ravenelle 2.03 / RP Gomes 2.11 / RP Liles 3.18 /
SP Kinney 13-6, 3.28 / SP Baez 13-9 3.31 / SP Funkhouser 3.56
SP Long 9-7 3.70 / SP Burrows 13-8 3.73 / SP Santos 13-8, 3.76

AA: 68-72 5th 11 gb 2B Rosales top prospect (unranked)
SP Santana 13*-11 3.39 / SP Alaniz 12-8, 2.18* 4 SO* 4 CG* 33bb*
0.99 whip* / RP Sanchez 1.81 / SP Little 7-11, 3.51 /
SP Cordova 10-9, 3.56 / RP Morillo 3.64 / SP Hill 10-8 2.92, 179K* 188 ip *
1B Ashton .292 / RF Rubio .286 / RF Stein .285 / LF Worthing .282
C Miller .280 / LF Ramirez .278 / 2B Rosales .260

AUGUST:44-85 (7-21) last 26.5gb worst in MLB (CHW 46)

JULY: 37-64 (10-14) 4th 19.5gb 2nd worst MLB

JUNE: 27-50 (10-17) 4th 20 gb 3rd worst in MLB (CHW, SD)

May: 17-33 (7-22) 4th 15.5 gb 14th AL


APRIL: 10-11 3rd 2gb RANK 30, P21, pwr 30, D 28, con 24
after starting 0-5 we end winning 5 of 6 to almost get to .500.
Park is #3 prospect Faedo #11 SP Kinney #37

SEASON PREVIEW: 65-97
The Tigers MLB team is not is going to rely on two R most likely. If either Faedo or Alexander falter in ST or early on Greene will step in. The pne is not very good but Jimenez has a chance to take over the CP role early and for a long time. They probably won't score much. The offense is bad, the bench is awful and unless Miggy has a Triple Crown year they won't get to 70.


OFF SEASON RUNNING DIARY
TRADES:
BAL gets CF Zimmer from CLE for C Sisco
PHI gets RP Rico Ramirez from BOS for C Logan Moore

- What to do with the rotation: Zimmermann will be let go after his contract expires. Right now my '21 rotation is Norris, Faedo, Alexander, Fulmer and either Manning or another prospect . This means I'll have to make a decision about Norris long term and maybe a few of the other guys. With only have an 10+ pick in the draft I'm not going to have a BC SP for a few years to hold a spot for.
- I let Rondon go. Well, I tried to think about it and then he signed with LAA right away. This leaves me with a bullpen dilemma, I let Hardy go but will probably bring up Liles as my LH. Greene has a chance to be in the rotation if someone goes down or if one of the rookies struggle. I have Ferrell, Nesbitt, Joe Jiminez to decide about. I think I'll give Jiminez the CP job and put Fereell as a SU or MRP. He isn't in our long term plans. We have at least 3 21 or younger guys that are D level so we need to draft more. Alex Wilson, Ferrell, Nesbitt, Greene are all in jeopardy of not returning. We need to be sure to have depth. I might have to start not nigning draftees.
- I decided to sign Castellenos. He had an amazing year. He could be trade bait next season or even this off season. I don't want to do the same thing as every other time where I don't have any vets on the team and have to sign FA ones at the deadline of the off season just to fill a spot. But I do have Collins and Stewart to fill in right now if need be. Revere will be gone after this season so Babcock can take his spot.
- Last year, just before the start of the season, I signed a few INF to make sure I had depth. These vets Garcia and one more were not good but were just placeholders. Now I have to decide if I have enough depth to cut them loose. I think with Young at SS to start and maybe Park as well we will have MLB depth. I might have to get some AAA guys or AAA as the situation requires. Machado is a back up and Candeleiro can play 3B.
- WIlson is re signed but Rondon signs with LAA
- One of our biggest dilemmas is whether or not to re sign RP Rondon and RP Wilson. Wilson is 33-78-C and while he doesn't strike out a lot of guys he had a 2.56 era. Rondon is 29-80-C was 1-8, 4.88 era but had 48 sv and 77 K in 55 ip. Both are qualified.

Free Agents:
C d'Arnaud BOS 5 yr $71 M
2B Altuve WAS 7 yr $186 M
SP Cole SFG 6 yr $164 M
CF Marte NYM 4 yr $52 M
SP Keuchel SFG 2 yr $29 M
LF Ozuna LAA 3 yr $23 M
CF Eaton SFG 2yr $13 M
2B Josh Harrison 1 yr $7 M


Retired -
1B Tellez 25-73-C TOR torn acl
LF Donte Fagan 22-54-B MIN torn acl
CF Cesar Garcia 23-63-B LAD dislocated ankle
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