When the Detroit Tigers failed once again in the Playoffs, the fans ire reached a crescendo with Prince Fielder when he made the comments about how the losing did not bother him because he still had to raise his kids. What they failed to see was that he was the last one in the lockeroom still in his uniform. I learned along time ago that actions speak louder than words.
While I will admit that I was frustrated with his lack of production the last two years, I was also frustrated with the teams lack of hitting as a whole. They have lost their last four playoff appearances because of this lack of hitting, in fact they have had 1 or 2 players at the most hit in those losses. Dave Dombrowski has gotten rid of everyone of those players except Victor Martinez. So to blame one player simply because he his paid a lot seems short sided at best, most of these players are over paid because that is what the market demands.
All that being said this trade was another ‘what the heck’ moment by Dave Dombrowski.
I will say this for Mr. Dombrowski if he makes a mistake he is not afraid to try and trade his way out of it.
The problem for his strategy is the same problem the New York Yankees have had over the last twenty years. Domborwski has traded away every prospect that is worth anything. He has depleted the minor league system to the point that it is nearly impossible to trade for any of the pieces we currently need.
To truly judge this trade right now is not possible because he cannot be done moving pieces, because he just created a crater in the middle of the Tigers line up that he will have to fill. I only hope that he takes swift action to fill it, unlike when he knew Peralta was getting suspended for 50 games and did nothing until it was too late. If they fail to win the World Series, after he got rid of the best 3-4 combo in the last 20 years, I will be calling for his firing once again.