Detroit Tigers: I'm the GM
Coaching staff: all depends on the players. If they like and respect Tram and co., then they stay. If not I'll go get somebody else. MLB coaches are almost all the same anyways, so in terms of gameday strategy it really doesn't matter. I just want a coach the players respect.
IN - Jeremy Bonderman and Justin Verlander
OUT - Jason Johnson
WHO ELSE? - Robertson and Maroth will likely be back and my goal is to add a legit RHP this offseason. Not necessarily a #1 guy, but at least a solid #2. Johnson is just fades after the All Star break every year and isn't worth the money he'll get.
IN - Jamie Walker, Fernando Rodney, Chris Spurling, Franklyn German
OUT - Troy Percival (as in I doubt he pitches again)
WHO ELSE? - I'd like to add at least 1 solid reliever, though not necessarily closer. I'm OK with Fernando Rodney as the closer. He's a K machine when he's on and has the mentality needed to brush off any bad outings. Plus he'll be 2 years out from surgery and should continue to improve once he can use his slider more frequently.
IN - Pudge Rodriguez, Chris Shelton, Placido Polanco, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge
OUT - Vance Wilson
WHO ELSE? - Omar Infante and Carlos Pena are both possibilities for the lineup next year. If we can add a legit 3B, then Inge can become a utility player extraordinaire and help out in CF. Gotta snag a better backup C than Wilson. Pena could stay as 1B and slot Shelton at DH if Dmitri Young can play leftfield. Pena's on a short rope, though, and I doubt he ends up in Detroit next year.
IN - Magglio Ordonez, Curtis Granderson, Nook Logan
OUT - Rondell White
WHO ELSE? - Dmitri Young is somebody I'd like to stick in LF unless we can find a willing partner to take his contract. Craig Monroe is a nice 4th outfielder but if he wants the $$$ of a good starting OF I'm not paying. I'd like him as a backup in LF and CF. I'd also really like to add a big LH bat in LF or first base, but not sure where I'm going to find that. Logan probably has a spot locked up as a defensive specialist/pinch runner.
In summary of what I'd like to add to the Tigers this offseason:
1) a solid #2 or #3 starting RHP. #1 would be nice, but not absolutely necessary
2) a solid arm in the bullpen like the Farnsworth acquisition last year, but it'd be nice if it is somebody that wants to play in Detroit
3) a lefty bat at 1B or LF
4) a good 3B would be nice to free up Inge, but that'd be a luxury
Verlander and Zumaya aren't far off from being good big league starters. Adding a few key parts could set this team up to make some noise in 2-3 years.