Oct 17, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) singles against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in game five of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Dave Dombrowski's Trade Of Prince Fielder Dangerous For Detroit tigers

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.



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  • http://www.LambertKlein.com Lambert Klein

    It was a brilliant move, Prince had the Tigers handcuffed.
    They will have a fantastic lineup come spring.

    • Michael Nance

      I agree the move had to be made and was more than likely an only way out option. Remember the move to hire Fielder was an Illitch decision when he was told the only “real difference maker left on the market was Prince Fielder” after Victor Martinez was injured he made the call to do what it takes to sign him. Other options would have included going after players like Cespedes or other value signings as a stop gap.
      Dombroski has a history of making big signings and trading away big signings when the no longer make sense for the team, his track record speaks for itself (he tore apart 2 teams in Florida prior to coming here, at least this is a retool not a rebuild).

  • Michael Nance

    The article is a contradiction in itself. To say he did nothing to follow Peralta’s possible suspension? They traded a young outfield prospect for a young infield prospect prior to the suspension coming down (Garcia, Iglasis). They have had 1 or 2 hitters hit and they have traded away all of the except Martinez (which would mean they traded away 0 or 1 of the players who didn’t hit). If you want to argue the basis of keeping Delmon Young or Quinton Berry make that argument but at least have a point in what your trying to say. Were you upset with the teams offense this last season (without looking were they not 2nd in runs scored behind Boston) or just in the post season.
    The first paragraph in this is brilliant and I expected an article with good facts and issues being brought up but you went from an A+ to a D- with the rest of it being utter garbage.