Well, I don’t really have much to write about this week. The Tigers are playing the type of highly confusing baseball they have played all season. They have next to no chance of making the playoffs for the first time in a long time. And they just sold off a lot of superstar pieces.
We will start there. A lot of people are assuming that Cespedes and possibly Price will automatically come back and play for the Tigers next year. First, you rarely see that happen. Generally, the team that traded the player doesn’t even make a move at season’s end. I would like to see them go after Cespedes particularly, but I just don’t see it happening, unless he is willing to come back at a steep discount. And that leads me to the second point, free agents generally only have an allegiance to whomever pays them the most money or gives them the most years. Very rarely do players make decisions on where they want to play not based on those things. And finally, I don’t see any scenario where Price comes back to this team. If they were going to make a move for a pitcher I think they would have made that move for Scherzer last year, and they didn’t.