Q . Will the Tigers trade Jeremy Bonderman?
A . A personal feeling is yes. I suspect the Tigers will receive an offer too good to refuse. This team has more needs than some folks appreciate…. A 24-year-old pitcher of Bonderman’s 200-innings, 200-strikeouts status is going to command multiple players, all of which the Tigers will need if they expect to be a long-term contender.
Q . Isn’t it suicidal to trade a pitcher of Bonderman’s skills and youth?
A . A team that builds its organization around pitching will pay a price in hitters and position players. You compensate by trading one of those successful pitchers for multiple offensive players. There is risk involved, but these are the deals you must make, particularly when the Tigers could have 10 or more legitimate starters in camp when everyone reports in February.
I think that sums up my feelings on this speculation. Except I have to say, Mr. Henning, when you talk about the Tigers having “10 or more legitimate starters in camp”, remember these two things:
1) the ever-present possibility of a pitcher Mike Marothing a joint or something at the start of the year and
2) the number of “legitimate starters” that the Red Sox had looking towards the 2006 season, and how that worked out for them.
I know we need hitting. But just chew on that a little bit.
And, Dave? Don’t trade Bondo. Unless we can get, I dunno, the key to the mystery of the so-called ‘dark matter’ permeating the universe, plus Albert Pujols or something.