After a Tuesday night loss in which Tigers pitching gave up a total of 13 runs to the Angels (7 of which were charged to rookie Jacob Turner), MLB executives from around the league have told ESPN’s Buster Olney that Detroit is actively seeking starting pitching.
DET said by execs to be among most active teams in pursuit of a starting P–and their search presumably intensified after Tuesday's game.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2012
Among the names that the Tigers have shown some level of interest in include, Chicago Cubs starters Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, Houston lefty Wandy Rodriguez and Tampa Bay’s James Shields. There has also been rumblings that the Tigers could make a bigger splash by acquiring Zack Greinke from the Brewers or shut down lefty Cole Hamels from the Phillies.
What may be the bigger question for the Tigers though is who they would be willing to part with. Bob Nightengale of USA Today mentions that the Tigers are telling teams that top third base prospect Nick Castellanos is unavailable. Casey Crosby, Rob Brantly, Bruce Rondon and Jacob Turner despite his poor outing Tuesday are names the Tigers seem to be willing to part with.
The Tigers though aren’t the only team in the AL Central looking to upgrade their rotation. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com believes the Indians and White Sox are also pursuing trades for starting pitching while the Minnesota Twins could make Francisco Liriano available.