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Speed vs Power

Posted on: May 19, 2009 10:55 am
Edited on: May 19, 2009 10:59 am
I find myself looking at the Detroit Tigers current roster with Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames on the DL and thinking, are they really that important to the Tigers winning?  Don't get me wrong, I realise they are both good hitters who will produce, but Detroit hasn't exactly struggled without them.  Clete Thomas, Josh Anderson and Ryan Raburn of late have performed well.  My feeling is that with the combo of these three they are defintely more flexible, and can 'manufacture' more runs.  On the other hand you've got to expect them to slow down and Guillen and Thames to pick it up.  However if I had my choice now, I'd try to deal one of the veterans.  I realise Guillen's contract is almost undealable, but in the post steroid era, young players with speed seem to be the way to go.  Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions, but I feel like we have a quality mix of versatile 'speed' players and power as is right now and if it ain't broke we shouldn't fix it.  Regardless it's nice to be worrying about having a surplus of good ballplayers as opposed to a shortage.  Laughing

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