Baseball BeatJuly 21, 2011
News and Views: Brandon Inge Redux
By Rich Lederer

News: The Tigers designated 3B Brandon Inge for assignment. The 34-year-old Inge "hit" .177/.242/.242 in 239 plate appearances.

Views: How did the two-year contract Inge signed just nine months ago work out for the Tigers?


Large multi-year guaranteed contracts for journeyman players are insane, and they will soon be a casualty of the declining economy.

The Inge contract didn't work out well at all obviously. The Peralta signing has turned out better.

Dave Dombrowski seems to have a habit of wanting to forcefully address his team's needs early in the off-season. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Certainly one wishes that he'd be more confident that he can improvise a solution later on in the off-season on occasion.

Thanks for not mentioning that recent Tiger farmhand Scott Sizemore is playing 3B for Oakland. Doh!

In today's market, $5.5 million is not a "large" contract for a player who is a superb defender who has had spurts of excellent offense.

He certainly isn't hacking it this year, but a 2 year deal doesn't leave the Tigers hanging for long.

This contract was more of a career-achievement award from a loyal and generous Mike Ilitch. But it was not Dontrelle Willis bad.

I'll be in Toledo next week. Maybe I can see him KKK in AAA.