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For or Against: Should the Detroit Tigers sign Troy Tulowitzki?

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Since the news was released that All-Star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, was released from the Toronto Blue Jays, speculation began to arise as to where he would sign —  not if he would sign. On December 18th, Tulowitzki held a private work out with 11 teams in attendance.

One of those teams was the Detroit Tigers.

Does a Tulowitzki to the Tigers deal make sense? Let’s divide out the arguments.

For Signing Tulo –

For a stretch of years, Tulo was arguably the best shortstop in all of baseball. Compiling a career WAR of 44.1, five All-Star appearances, two-time Gold Glover, and multiple Silver Sluggers, Tulo is a 12-year veteran that has postseason experience.

Even better, when the Blue Jays cut Tulo, they still are on the hook for his $38 million over the next two years. This is a simple low-risk, possible reward situation for the Tigers. For a team that signed Jordy Mercer to a one-year deal, and who have yet to decide who will man the keystone for 2019, signing Tulowitzki does make sense. Especially given the price tag, veteran presence, and defensive need he would be. A middle infield of Mercer and Tulo could be a great bridge to the prospects littered in the Tigers minor league system.

This could definitely be the move for the Tigers, given the production Tulo could bring, they could potentially flip him at the deadline to a contender for more prospects. Especially given the salary he’ll be paid, he could be very, very valuable.

Against Signing Tulo –

The defensive upgrade and price tag aside, Tulo does come with some baggage. This is why signing Tulowitzki isn’t so much of a no-brainer. It has been well documented that he has faced his fair share of injuries since 2012.

This is the major hangup for signing Tulowitzki, will he be healthy enough to become that valuable trade chip come the end of July. Since 2011, when he played in 143 games, the former All-Star has only once (2016, 131) played more than 130 games in a season; not to mention, four out of those seven years brought a games-played-total of fewer than 100 games. There’s a very good chance the “risk” would be in the fact Tulowitzki would not be moved at the deadline and the Tigers would be forced to either play him or cut him come August.

There is no way to truly say one way or the other if signing Tulowitzki would be a good choice for the Detroit Tigers. There’s good to it, there are drawbacks to it. Does the possible reward of a trade piece outweigh the possible risk of not being able to move him at all, and him blocking a position at the end of the season?

That’s the million dollar question.

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A.J. is a life-long baseball fan and avid storyteller. His debut novel, The Askren Boys, won the Literary Classics Gold Medal and Seal of Approval in November of 2018. When not writing, he is spending time with his life Jessica and son Jack. A.J. lives in Metro Detroit. To find out more visit: ajreilly.com Follow him on Twitter: @_ajreilly

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ starting lineup for series opener vs. White Sox

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On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers look to put a halt to their 5-game losing streak when they host the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four-game series.

Here are the starting lineups for the game.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ rookie slugger placed on IL

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According to the Detroit Tigers, rookie outfielder Christin Stewart has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain. In a corresponding move, infielder Brandon Dixon has been recalled from Toledo.

Stewart was injured in Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

So far, in 20 games with the Tigers this season, Stewart is hitting .232 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.
To read the rest of the mock draft, please click here.

 

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Detroit Tigers’ rookie outfielder injured vs. Pirates

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According to reports, Detroit Tigers’ rookie Christin Stewart left Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a right medial quad spasm.

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Stewart was hurt and forced from the game under his own power after popping out in the eighth inning.

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