Matt Garza Trade Rumors: Why Tigers Become MLB's No. 1 Team After Deal

Robert KnapelCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Matt Garza #17 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 27, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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With 95 wins in 2011, the Detroit Tigers were one of the best teams in the major leagues. They are interested in Matt Garza, according to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago. Adding Garza would instantly make the Tigers a better team.

Detroit already has the best pitcher in baseball in Justin Verlander, and they have a solid No. 2 in Doug Fister. If the Tigers were to acquire Garza, he would give the Tigers a formidable starting rotation. Fister would become the No. 3 starter.

The last two spots in the rotation would be filled by any of a number of young starters. Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello both won at least 14 games in 2011, and Andy Oliver could also compete for one of the last rotation spots.

Another potential option for the Tigers starting rotation is Jacob Tuner. However, Turner could also be the centerpiece of any trade that brings Garza to Detroit.

Surprisingly, the Tigers were able to win the AL Central in 2011 despite the fact that their rotation had a 4.10 ERA, which was 16th-best in the majors. Having Garza and Fister in the rotation for a full year should give the Tigers a Top 10 rotation.

This would be a big boost to the Tigers and would help them improve on their win total from the past season.

The Tigers bullpen struggled a bit in 2011, as they had the 25th-lowest ERA in the majors. Detroit has realized that it is a problem, and they have improved their bullpen by adding Octavio Dotel and trading for Collin Balester.

Even with the struggles that some of the Tigers bullpen had last season, they should be much better in 2012. Jose Valverde is one of the best closers in the game, and Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburqurque are good relievers. The additions to the bullpen should provide the stability needed to make it one of the better pens in the majors.

One of the big reasons for the Tigers' success was their offense. They were fourth in the majors with 787 runs scored. They Tigers' lineup will see some changes in 2012.

Magglio Ordonez is gone, and it seems as if Delmon Young will be his replacement. This should be an improvement for the Tigers, and Brandon Inge should improve on his numbers from last season.

If the Tigers are able to trade for Garza, it will have a noticeable impact on the team's performance. The Tigers could win 100 games if they are able to trade for Garza, and this means that they could be the best team in the majors.