Sunday, March 29, 2009

Arms for the poor

Detroit's pitching situation has failed to resolve itself heading into the final week of spring training. This is very disappointing. In fact, there might be more questions now than several weeks ago. The Free Press reports the Tigs tried to work a trade with the Mets for Brian Stokes, but the talks fell through. It seems likely either Ryan Raburn or Marcus Thames will be traded for pitching help. Otherwise, we know Jeremy Bonderman won't be ready for Opening Day, Dontrelle Willis won't be available for a while, and neither Fernando Rodney nor Brandon Lyon has stepped up to claim the closer's job. So, with a week to go, Detroit has yet to adequately fill two-fifths of the rotation and find its ninth-inning man. Sigh.

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