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Monday, October 19, 2009
Tigers set in LF in 2010

Mack Avenue Tigers' Kurt Mensching on some some early 2010 lineup news: Do the Tigers have any good young players? Other than Miguel Cabrera, I mean?

Cabrera, who turns 27 next April, is two years younger than anyone else slated for an every-day role in 2010. Of course, the real problem isn't that Detroit's hitters are old; it's that they're not real good. Guillen wasn't awful down the stretch -- batting average aside, he actually hit pretty well -- and I'm not at all convinced that Ryan Raburn would have been better against right-handed pitchers than Guillen was. But you want more from your left fielder (and for that matter your right fielder) than "not awful."

It's certainly possible that Guillen and Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson will all hit in 2010 like they hit in 2008. But does that seem at all likely to you? The Tigers finished 10th in the league in scoring this year, and will be lucky to improve more than one or two spots next year. Without a big move or two, anyway. And it doesn't serve the cause to tell Carlos Guillen in October that his job is already ensured for at least the first month or two of the season.