Friday, November 30, 2012

Example of a re-shuffle move Boesch/Duda

The Tigers signed Torii Hunter to a two year, the biggest impact of that deal will be felt by Brandon Boesch, The 27 y/o left handed corner outfielder appeared destine to be a starter in Detroit until his struggles in 2012.  Now Boesch is the odd man out in the the Tigers outfield.  After a promising 2011 season in which he hit .283 BA, .341 OBP, .458 SLG and .799 OPS he struggled in 2012 hitting only .240 BA, .286 OBP, .372 SLG and .659 OPS.  Boesch was left off the post season roster and now appears out of the Tigers plans.  The Tigers have denied that Boesch isn't in their plans and state that only his role has changed ...

"We still see some untapped potential, and he has struggled some. He hasn't made the strides we'd like him to make. However, sometimes power hitters take longer to come about, too. I cannot tell you that he's a given, that one of those corner spots is his at this time. That's something you have to earn, by all means. But that doesn't mean you go and non-tender him, because I think he has value."source

There are reports the Tigers are looking to move Boesch, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported that several teams are interested. The outfielder is in his first year of arbitration and the Tigers have stated they will offer him arbitration which will cost less then 3M.

This is the exact type of reshuffling I had hoped the team made, Duda and Boesch are basically the same player.  See if a change of scenery helps either player meet their potential.  Even if the Tigers don't want Duda you then have a  potential power bat to move...