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In the majors, saying a pitcher has "great stuff" is a code for "why the hell doesn't he win more games?" Bruce Berenyi had great stuff. Remember him? Alas, should Scott Sanders again allow the 30 home runs he gave up in '97, despite his great stuff, heand the Tigerswill have zero chance of reaching .500. Manager Buddy Bell has Sanders listed as his fourth starter, but with Justin Thompson the only proven Detroit arm, it doesn't take a brainiac to figure out that Sanders will have to perform more like a No. 2 starter for this team to be respectable. That means he can't give up more than 18 dingers.
What They Needed: Starting pitching, as always. With Travis Fryman gone, a third baseman with some pop. A reliable veteran catcher and a second big outfield bat to go with Bobby Higginson's.
What They Got: Luis Gonzales will join Higginson in the outfield. Bip Roberts is solid at many positions. A bunch of uninspiring pitchers, including Bryce Florie, Tim Worrell and Frank Castillo, and Joe Oliver, a veteran catcher.
What it All Means: Lots of youth on board, but no legit replacements for Fryman and starter Willie Blair. Unless their kids step up immediately, this could get ugly.
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