The Detroit Tigers had some pretty high expectations this winter after signing Prince Fielder to that huge free agent deal. They were picked by EVERYONE to win the AL Central pretty handily. Things haven’t worked out as well as everyone would have hoped as the Tigers rotation continues to be pretty bad. After Justin Verlander, no one has really stepped up consistently, and that’s shown in the standings as the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians continue to show their not ready to give up on the division.
It’s time for the Tigers to make a move, and truly go all in. It’s clear Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Rick Porcello can’t be counted on to give you a good outing every start. The Tigers have some good pieces in the farm, and it’s time to put them to use. I’m typically against trading a farm system for one player, but when the Tigers signed Prince, that all went out the window and the Tigers have no choice but to build upon their investment.
In terms of a pitcher, look no further than the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs aren’t any good this year, and they have two guys in their rotation that could really help this club. Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster should BOTH be on the Tigers radar, and if the Tigers were smart, they’d move on Garza before someone like the Toronto Blue Jays does.
Matt Garza isn’t an ace, but he’s as good as a 2-3 in baseball, is still young,and completely controllable. He would serve as a power arm to compliment Justin Verlander, and he’s pitched in the American League East very effectively. The Tigers would have to give up prized pitching prospect Jacob Turner, and likely prospect Nick Castellanos. Is this a steep price? Yes. But what are the odds a guy like Cliff Lee becomes available? I don’t know if there’s going to be a better arm on the block this July, so that’s where the Tigers need to make a pre-emptive strike.
Even if it’s not Garza or Dempster, the Tigers need to move on someone- before it’s too late.