What to do about Victor Martinez injury
But Young would fit in better at DH than left field where he struggles with the glove. Cespedes has the tools to be an above-average defender, regardless of the concerns about his ability to hit major league pitching. He is a superior athlete.
The problem is Victor Martinez. who will miss this season with a knee injury, was the perfect 5th-hole to bat behind Miguel Cabrera. Doesn't matter what the free agent list says - he's irreplaceable in that sense. Does Jim Leyland move Young to third in the order and Young to fifth? How about moving Jhonny Peralta to third?
Vladimir Guerrero sounds good in theory, but he and Young in the middle or the order surrounding Cabrera is a recipe for disaster. Cespedes reputedly is the same type of free swinger.
The goal here should be a hitter that compliments the Cabrera/Young combination better, not a free swinger with power, but rather just a good, all-around hitter with a decent on-base percentage. You know, kind of a poor man's Victor Martinez.
Carlos Lee of the Astros is the best veteran player who might be available in trade that would fit the Tigers' needs. He's in his mid-30s - the Astros are looking to unload him. But at what cost? Certainly the Martinez injury puts the Tigers in a bind, but it's not cause for panic. I've maintained from the beginning the wise course of action by the Tigers is a patient one. They don't have to do anything. They can see what happens on the field before reacting and dealing a top prospect. They still have the best team in the American League Central.