The Detroit Tigers already made a move to fill the hole at second base, and got another starting pitcher. But are the Tigers done making moves?
The trade deadline is a mere hours away, but GM Dave Dombrowski hasn’t said if the Tigers are done making moves or not. Skipper, Jim Leyland, has said he feels the Tigers are done making moves.
Earlier today, Danny Knobler reported that the Tigers are seeking a middle of the bat. Alfonso Soriano’s name was brought up, but due to his humongous contract, it would not be a good fit. The Tigers also asked the Mets about Scott Hairston. But after a two home run game by Hairston, the Mets wanted one of the Tigers’ top prospects in return for the utility outfielder. Deterring the Tigers from trying to make a deal.
Delmon Young has not provided much offense in the middle of the Tigers order. Young slash line is currently .265/.297/.398, and has an OPS of under .700. With all the RBI chances Young has been getting hitting behind Prince Fielder, that is not the player you want in prime RBI production spot.
The Tigers have also had a hard time hitting left handed pitching, and have been looking for a right handed bat that does hit lefties well. Yesterday the Tigers reportedly made a trade offer to the Chicago Cubs for Reed Johnson, but the Braves ended up snagging Johnson and Paul Malhom from the Cubs.
There aren’t a lot of names flying around that the Tigers have been linked to. The Marlins are trying to trade Carlos Lee, but with already four DH’s on the roster, the move makes no sense at all.
It’s clear that Dombrowski is trying to get someone to replace Young in the line up. Who? That remains to be seen. But with a few hours to go before the deadline hits, we will have to wait and see.
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