Every contending MLB team pondering adjustments to bolster their lineup for a World Championship run sets their sights each season on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. In the past, however, several of the best all-time acquisitions were made in August.
Many people forget that a lot of substantial moves can be made in August, and a lot of impact trades throughout the years have happened just before the MLB waiver deadline.
The Detroit Tigers made one of the most influential waiver acquisitions ever when they traded for starting pitcher Doyle Alexander on Aug. 12, 1987. Alexander went 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 11 starts for Detroit, and the Tigers (then in the American League East), went 33-18 down the stretch, overtaking the Toronto Blue Jays for the division title.
The Tigers made one significant move before the July 31 non-waiver deadline by dealing Jacob Turner and two minor league players in order to acquire Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. The Tigers remain in second place in the AL Central, and are a game back of the Chicago White Sox.
For one reason or another, Detroit hasn't been able to mount any substantial momentum this season. The Tigers went into the season as heavy favorites to win the division and vie for a World Series appearance, but the lack of consistency has kept them out of the AL Central driver's seat.
The Tigers still have their eyes on a few holes to fill in the lineup. One more key acquisition could lift Detroit over the hump and allow them to take control in the division.
Last season, Detroit acquired Delmon Young on Aug. 15.
Here are the five players who have cleared waivers that the Tigers should pursue before this year's August 31 waiver deadline.