Wednesday, July 23, 2008

So how have these trades worked out?

Edgar Renteria to Tigers in exchange for Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez

When David Dombrowski first did this trade, Tigers fans thought it was a very good one, looking past the prospects we gave up. We needed a shortstop after Jim Leyland decided to move Carlos Guillen to first (he now plays third), and Renteria was one of the top players available. So far, he hasn't lived up to his $9 million contract.

Renteria has been god-awful, hitting .255 with 5 home runs and 33 RBIs. He can't hit on the road to save his life (.213). He can't hit in the clutch (.111), and kills many rallies.

While I do think Renteria is better than future starting SS, Michael Holliman, he needs to get his act together and get into form. The Tigers can't afford any small mistakes from here on out.

In Atlanta, Jair Jurrjens has posted more wins than any other Tiger except Armando Gallaraga, and looks like he has a very bright future. Hernandez is an flexible option out in the outfield and has good speed on the basepaths.

Grade: C

Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Tigers for six prospects

Where to start with this one... Willis isn't even playing in Detroit anymore, he's down in Lakeland reconfiguring his mechanics and such. He has been a disaster and done nothing to help the Tigers rotation out. His $29 million dollar contract is a joke, he never was worth it, and I don't think he'll ever pitch at a superstar level again.

As of late, Cabrera has been great hitting the ball, and has gotten better at first base. His .289 average is low by his standards, but he's hitting .346 in his last seven games with 11 RBIs. He is a stud and will continue to be one of the best players in baseball.

That's it for my "mini-breakdown." I would have posted more but I got some stuff to do.

Grade: B

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