The trade deadline has come and past in the world of baseball. The Detroit Tigers were quiet on the day of the deadline, not making anymore moves. Even though Dave Dombrowski had some interest in a few players.
As of now, Dombrowski and Jim Leyland have both stated they feel comfortable and they feel they can win with the team they have on the field right now. Which was the same thing they said last year, but still traded for Delmon Young after the deadline.
The Tigers have filled the hole at second base and acquired a starting pitcher. But I don’t think they are done; here are three reasons why:
Delmon Young: When the Tigers traded for Young last August, he came over from the Twins and was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Tigers’ offense. Hitting eight home runs and driving in 32 RBIs in 40 games. This year, Young has been terrible. With a slash line of .263/.295/.395 to along with his OPS that is under .700, he has not getting the job done. When you’re batting behind Prince Fielder, you get a lot of RBI opportunities. Right now, Young is the last person you want up to bat with runners in scoring position.
The Tigers had tried to acquire Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs at the deadline. But the Cubs would not eat enough of the contract to make the deal. Soriano has hit .271 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 95 games this year. There is no doubt he would clear waivers. If Dombrowski could get Cubs GM, Theo Epstein to eat half of the remaining money on Soriano’s contract. It might be a move the Tigers should try and do.
Can’t hit lefties: Another big problem the Tigers have had is finding a right handed hitter that hits left handed pitching. The Tigers tried to get Reed Johnson from the Cubs, but just missed out, and the Mets wanted too much for the utility man Scott Hariston. This is a problem that has been brought up countless times, and is a need. Even if the Tigers traded for a player that just starts against left handed pitching, it would be a wise move.
Bullpen Depth: Too much pitching is never a bad thing. Right now the Tigers’ bullpen is in pretty good shape, but adding another reliever for cheap wouldn’t be a bad move. It could prove beneficial if the Tigers do make it to the playoffs.
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