Desperate times call for desperate measures
The immediate goal for Detroit is to avoid 100 losses and to reclaim the trust of the Tigers' fans.
For those who are thinking the addition of Pudge is going to turn the Tigers into something like a .500 team with a stroke of the pen, forget it. That is not the purpose of this exercise. Detractors of the deal point out that Rodriguez was teamed with the best player in the game in Texas and that team still managed to finish in last place on both occasions. True enough. Alex Rodriguez showed up for work every day in 2001 and 2002 and the Rangers still lost 34 more games than they won in that span. For the record, Pudge was out of the lineup a total of 101 games during which the team's winning percentage was .396. They played at a more respectable .471 when both Rodriguezes were in the lineup. The Tigers have nobody near the talent level of A-Rod (few do), so hoping for a miracle-level turnaround in 2004 is out of the question.
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