As thin as our depth seems to be (I mean, come on, we called up a guy from A+ this past weekend), I'd say the Tigers could use all the help they can get. If he turns out to be terrible or if Delmon or Raburn really turn things around, release him.
I don't think it'll happen as DD seems to be standoff-ish on these types of low-risk veteran player signings, but given our current situation it seems silly not to give it a try. We passed on Abreu, and he's doing really well with the Dodgers so far.
savethepen posted <just what we need is another guy who swings at bad pitches>
I would never confuse Vlad's skills with D. (swing&miss) Young's skills at bat. The difference is that historically, Vlad hits a good percentage of the bad pitches he swings at. Moreover, ..Vlad has collectively batted .318 in the minor leagues so far this year. He has 19 hits in 12 games with 12 Runs scored ..3 doubles ..1 triple ..4 Homeruns ..and 12 RBI's. Again ..in only 12 games.
Vlad will probably find a team that can appreciate his batting skills ..play for 3 or 4 more years ..and obtain 3000 hits for his career.
And while Vlad may swing at bad pitches ..he doesn't strike out all that often.
I can see upside potential with Vlad as DH..
Jackson (cf)Boesch (rf)Cabrera (3b)Fielder (1b)Vlad (DH)Avila (c)Peralta (ss)Santiago (2b)Berry (lf)
idk i mean the jays have encarnacion at DH, but lind is underperforming to date (is he finished?) and i think if anybody thought vlad could be an asset on the big club he would have gotten a shot by now.
Vlad requested the Blue Jays either call him up to majors give release him. Seems the Blue Jays because the Blue Jays do not have room for him on their roster, ..in part because the Blue Jays 1b David Cooper is hitting so well lately that it keeps Edwin Encarnacion at the DH position.
Link to story here: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120612&content_id=33164898&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
<<<Jackson (cf)Boesch (rf)Cabrera (3b)Fielder (1b)Vlad (DH)Avila (c)Peralta (ss)Santiago (2b)Berry (lf)>>>
or how about:
AJ outfieldboesch DHcabrera DHfielder DHvlad DHavila Cperalta DHsatiago INFyoung DH
one INFer, one OFer, one catcher! the king and his court!
My revised potential lineup (w/Berry on the bench):
Jackson (cf)Boesch (rf)Cabrera (3b)Fielder (1b)Vlad (DH)Dirks (lf)Avila (c)Peralta (ss)Santiago (2b)