Detroit Tigers Rumors: 5 Whispers A Month Before The Trade Deadline

Detroit Tigers Rumors: 5 Whispers A Month Before The Trade Deadline

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The Detroit Tigers are currently in pretty good shape as they are sporting a 46-34 record and a 4.5-game lead in the AL Central. However, they could still use a few additional pieces in the bullpen and perhaps another left-handed bat. So without further ado, here are five players who have been whispered as possible fits in the Motor City and could be sporting the Old English D by August.

5. Ben Zobrist

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5. Ben Zobrist

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Ben Zobrist would be a great fit for the Detroit Tigers for two reasons: he is versatile and he is a switch-hitter. The Tigers are quite light on left-handed hitting and could certainly use another left-handed stick. Zobrist has done everything but pitch and catch at the big league level, and if available, the Tigers could platoon him with Eugenio Suarez at shortstop or perhaps use him in the corner outfield spots.

4. Juan Carlos Oviedo

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4. Juan Carlos Oviedo

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Pitching in the major leagues for the first time since 2011, Juan Carlos Oviedo is having a very nice season thus far, currently sporting a 3-3 record and a 2.57 ERA. Oviedo also has closing experience and he will be a free agent after the 2014 season, making him an attractive rental piece. Acquiring Oviedo would be a low-risk, high-reward move for the Tigers, and he could really give the Tigers' bullpen a much-needed boost.

3. Chad Qualls

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3. Chad Qualls

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At 35 years of age, journeyman reliever Chad Qualls is perhaps pitching some of the best baseball of his career these days. He is currently sporting a 1.91 ERA with nine saves, and he also had a very nice year last season with the Miami Marlins as well. He is signed through 2015 with a club option for 2016, and he could provide a nice veteran presence at the back end of the Tigers' bullpen.

2. Huston Street

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2. Huston Street

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At 30 years of age, Huston Street is having one of his finest seasons ever, posting a 0.90 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP with 22 saves for the San Diego Padres. Due to the struggles of Tigers' closer Joe Nathan, some have pointed to trading for Street as a viable option to replace him. While it might work, one factor that might scare the Tigers away is the fact that Street has not pitched in the AL since 2008.

1. Joaquin Benoit

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1. Joaquin Benoit

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Although the Tigers let Joaquin Benoit go this offseason, they could now use him more than ever. He is having a great season with the Padres, sporting a 3-0 record, a 1.30 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. He is obviously familiar with Detroit, he has closing experience, and he could help lighten Nathan's workload. A combination of Benoit, Nathan and Joba Chamberlain in the late innings might be just the right mix. The Tigers would be wise to bring him back.

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