The overwhelming sentiment from baseball’s offseason was that the Tigers made a formidable team practically invincible by adding Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera in a trade with the fire sale-minded Marlins.
And yes, I know it’s only 11 games into the season. But, um, the Tigers are 2-9, almost got no-hit yesterday and put Willis on the disabled list. Oh, and did I mention that Cabrera is hitting .167.
Let’s not forget the Tigers shipped six prospects to Florida in this deal. One of the principals, Andrew Miller (0-2, ERA over 10), hasn’t exactly shone for the Marlins either, but he’s unproven and at least has an excuse.
Detroit certainly has a team capable of running of 13 out of 15 right now and erasing talk of this dreadful start. But if they continue to flounder and wind up missing the postseason, remember this trade as the one that killed their future pennant hopes rather than guaranteed their current ones.