If the Detroit Tigers want to give their fans hope for next season they'll need to pony up some big dollars to bring the likes of Adam Dunn, Carl Crawford, or Victor Martinez to town. According to a report on ESPN.com that could be their line of thinking.
As far as we know, the Tigers were not one of the Michigan companies that received some form of government bailout. But at least one report says the Tigers may still have some money to spend.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe says the Tigers are very interested in free agents Victor Martinez and/or Carl Crawford, which could put them on a collision course with the Boston Red Sox.
Abraham says the Tigers have their eye on Martinez after light hitting Alex Avila did their catching last season. As for the outfield, the Tigers see a Crawford-Austin Jackson combination giving them premier defense.
Tigers owner Mike Ilitch is 81 years old and not short on cash, so there is no reason for Detroit fans not to think big.
If the Tigers fall short of their pursuit for V-Mart or Crawford, Tom Gage of the Detroit News says that free agent Jim Thome would be a solid fit.
Personally I would like to see them add a pitcher that can eat up some innings and win about 12-14 games.