As winter tightens her grip on the country and the ropes of the Winter Meetings are being harnessed around the speculation of where players are going (for example, a nice rumor that the Giants are going to trade Tim Lincecum surfaced this morning) we all cuddle around the proverbial fireplace and speculate which players our favorite teams will sign and acquire before Spring Training 2012 breaks out and we can all breathe a little easier (literal and figuratively).
What the 2012 Detroit Tigers “Should” Look Like
3b Martin Prado (2 years arbitration remain)
C Alex Avila (team control)
1B Miguel Cabrera (4 years, $86 million remain)
DH Victor Martinez (3 years, $38 million remain)
RF Brennan Boesch (team control)
LF Delmon Young (2 years, $16 million, club option for 2014)
SS Jhonny Peralta (1 year, $5.5 million, club option for $500K 2013)
2B Kelly Johnson (2 years $14 million)
CF Austin Jackson (team control)
SP Justin Verlander (3 years, $60.3 million remain)
SP Jair Jurrjens (2 years arbitration remain)
SP Doug Fister (team control)
SP Max Scherzer (3 years arbitration)
SP Rick Porcello (2012 club option)
How this roster happens
Acquire Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens from the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Raburn, Andrew Oliver, and Jay Voss. Braves are looking to dump both players and relieve some money this offseason. If you need background on either Prado or Jurrjens you should check out Mlive.com for Ian Cassleberry’s post on acquiring both players that came out earlier this morning.
The Tigers should go after Kelly Johnson, a 2B formerly of the Braves, D’Backs, and Blue Jays (another ex-Brave? Seriously?) who is a decent fielding second baseman who also packs a nice line drive stick that could result in a good number of extra base hits in Comerica. A two year deal around $14-$15 million would be reasonable/similar to that of Jhonny Peralta’s last offseason.