The MLB non waiver trade deadline is a little over a month away (July 31st) the Tigers among many other teams will be looking to deal for that final stretch run of the year.
Despite being three games under the .500 mark the Tigers are still very much contenders for the AL Central crown and should be buyers once July 31st rolls around.
Pitching and second base will surely be the focal points for Detroit however Dombrowski could get a little creative to fill the positions of needs.
Lets take a look at some of those candidates who are being mentioned as possibilities for Dombrowski and the Tigers…
Ryan Dempster, RHP – Chicago Cubs
Possibly one of the better options on the trade market this season is Chicago Cubs right hander Ryan Dempster. Dempster thus far is having a career season with the North Siders given his 2.11 ERA and 1.025 WHIP. He is though on the disabled list (eligible for reactivation in early July), working on the final year of his contract and has never pitched in the American League.
The Tigers need to proceed with caution but should feel a little more comfortable given the pitcher friendly outfield at Comerica.
Matt Garza, RHP – Chicago Cubs
The second Cubs pitcher being linked to the Tigers, Matt Garza has seemed to go on and off the trade block with Theo Epstein.
Garza will probably give the Tigers more quality innings than Dempster and has multiple years left on his contract but will probably come at a steep price.
Esptein is rumored to want to top of the line prospects in return and I would suspect Jacob Turner would have to be involved in any trade discussion for Garza.
Wandy Rodriguez, LHP – Houston Astros
Rodriguez was thought to be a target for the Tigers last season with the money on Rodriguez’s contract being the biggest obstacle. Rodriguez’s contract stipulates that the club’s 2014 option — worth $13 million — becomes a player option should he be traded.
The Tigers could certainly take another look at Rodriguez this season given his ability to produce fly balls (which fits well in Comerica Park) and that he’s an experienced lefty. It’s almost a given though that Houston will need to eat some of that contract not just for the Tigers but any team if they’re hoping to trade him.
Carlos Quentin, OF – San Diego Padres
Carlos Quentin has been linked to the Tigers in recent weeks and could be the best bat on the trade market as we move our way through the summer.
Quentin though isn’t going to provide the best defense in the outfield and should command a lot in return.
At this point the Tigers could have a little big of a log jam in the outfield which could however change quickly. Questions still remain as to how long Quintin Berry can continue his pace, whether or not Andy Dirks will return to form after his recent injury and can Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch be consistent when it comes to their offensive production?
Shane Victorino, CF – Philadelphia Phillies
For many of the same reasons the Tigers could have interest in Carlos Quentin they could also have interest in Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino.
Victorino would more than likely be a cheaper option than Quentin and would have to play a corner outfield position on the Tigers with Austin Jackson anchoring center.
There’s no telling what Philadelphia will do at this point. Their front office may still believe that holding onto certain pieces that they control through next season is the best option.
Jed Lowrie, SS – Houston Astros
Lowrie could be one of those options for the Tigers to move to second base if a deal can be struck.
So far this year Lowrie is hitting only .266 with 13 home runs and 31 RBIs. If this were to continue to be the case the Tigers may opt to go with internal options if Lowrie was the only option left for them.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B – Boston Red Sox
I was hesitant to put Youkilis as an option for the Tigers simply because they have no place for him on the roster.
But with the heavy trade speculation surrounding Youkilis, Jason A. Churchill of ESPN believes the Tigers could be interested in the corner infielder.
The only way the Tigers may consider trading for Youkilis is if it’s a certainly that Victor Martinez won’t return this year and they rotate the DH spot between Fielder, Cabrera and Youkilis.
Boston though may not wait that long as it seems very possible that Youkilis get’s dealt within the next couple of weeks.