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Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

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    Few teams in baseball have enjoyed the kind of recent success that the Detroit Tigers have.

    Winners of three consecutive American League Central crowns, the Tigers have a legitimate chance to make it four in a row in 2014.

    But a World Series title has remained elusive, and the pressure is on general manager Dave Dombrowski to figure out how to best position his club to claim baseball's biggest prize.

    While Justin Verlander's struggles have been concerning, Detroit's bullpen remains the team's biggest weakness, as has been the case for a number of years. Will Dombrowski look to add a few hard-throwing arms to the mix before the trade deadline arrives? 

    Keep it here for the most up-to-the-minute rumblings about the Tigers, along with analysis and everything else that comes with it. While the post date will always show as July 1, simply click to the next slide to see the latest from the rumor mill as the Tigers try and fend off the hard-charging Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.

Done Deals

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    July 23: Acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Texas Rangers in exchange for RHPs Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson 

    July 31: Acquired LHP David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays, traded CF Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners and sent LHP Drew Smyly to Tampa Bay; Seattle traded INF Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay

July 31: Tigers Acquire David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays

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    It came down to the wire, but the Detroit Tigers have pulled off the biggest move of the trade deadline by acquiring David Price, as reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the Seattle Mariners were also involved in the trade. Heyman also reported that the Mariners are sending infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay in the three-team deal.

    Heyman also reported that pitcher Drew Smyly will go to Tampa Bay, and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Austin Jackson is headed to Seattle.

    The Oakland Athletics made several deals to add three starting pitchers this month, but there is no doubt that the Tigers made the biggest splash. 

    Price is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.049 WHIP this season. He leads the league in innings pitched (170.2) and strikeouts (189) through his first 23 starts of the season. The 28-year-old was good enough in the first half that he made the American League All-Star team for the fourth time in his career in 2014.

    The southpaw is under club control through the 2015 season, so he isn't just a rental player.

    There's no doubt that Price is a big addition, even for a team that already had a stacked rotation. The addition of Price gives Detroit the past three AL Cy Young award winners (Justin Verlander, Price and Max Scherzer). The Tigers also have Anibal Sanchez in their rotation.

    This trade was all about October. Detroit already had a five-game lead in the AL Central before the trade. Now, the Tigers have countered the Athletics' additions and given themselves arguably the deepest rotation in baseball.

Tigers Still Looking for Another Reliever

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    Update: Thursday, July 31 at 2:52 p.m. ET

    Morosi confirms that while the Tigers were close to acquiring Miller earlier, the deal has fallen apart.

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    Update: Thursday, July 31 at 2:25 p.m. ET

    The Tigers will "NOT" be getting Miller, says ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

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    Update: Thursday, July 31 at 1:26 p.m. ET

    The Tigers and Red Sox are "getting close" on a deal for Miller, reports Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.

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    Update: Thursday, July 31 at 12:24 p.m. ET

    The Tigers have "strong interest" in Boston's Andrew Miller, tweets WSCR-AM's Bruce Levine, but Detroit is not alone in their pursuit of the 29-year-old right-hander.

    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this morning that Boston was getting "swarmed with offers," but that the Red Sox still had a high asking price on him. It had been previously reported that the Sox were looking for a top prospect in exchange for Miller.

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    Update: Wednesday, July 30 at 10:31 p.m. ET

    B/R's Scott Miller reports that the Tigers are still on the hunt for additional bullpen help.

    Whether they still have their hearts set on adding another southpaw or are simply looking for another established arm remains to be seen.

    --End of Update--

     

    Thursday, July 24 at 4:27 p.m. ET

    The Tigers are still looking to bolster their bullpen after adding Joakim Soria and have turned their attention to the left-handed relief market, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, though he notes that the team is open to adding another right-handed reliever if the right one became available.

    Possible targets include the Philadelphia Phillies' Antonio Bastardo, Chicago Cubs' James Russell and Wesley Wright, Houston Astros' Tony Sipp and Texas Rangers' Neal Cotts.

Jose Iglesias on His Way out of the Motor City?

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    Monday, July 28 at 9:12 a.m. ET

    Detroit has been so impressed with the play of Eugenio Suarez at shortstop that the team may seriously consider trading Jose Iglesias, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports.

    The two share similar traits—solid but not exceptional skills at the plate and above-average defense—but Suarez has two things working to his advantage.

    First, he's healthy and playing, something that Iglesias is not, thanks to fractures in both shins that have sidelined him all season long. Perhaps equally as important, Iglesias becomes arbitration eligible in 2016 and is eligible for free agency in 2019. Suarez's service-time clock just started to tick this year.

    That said, any deal involving Iglesias probably wouldn't come until sometime over the winter, after he's had a chance to prove that he's healthy and re-establish some of his value in either the Arizona Fall League or one of the Latin American winter leagues.

July 23: Acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Texas

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    Age: 30

    Throws: R

    2014 Stats: 35 G, 1-3, 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 33.1 IP, 25 H, 1.1 BB/9, 11.3 K/9, 17-for-19 SV

    Contract Status: $5.5 million salary in 2014, $7 million team option in 2015 ($500,000 buyout)

     

    The Tigers desperately needed to solidify the ninth inning and landed the best closer still available in Texas' Joakim Soria, effectively putting an end to the Joe Nathan experiment, at least for the rest of this season.

    Detroit relievers had pitched to an MLB-worst 6.22 ERA in the ninth inning this season, while Soria's ERA in the final frame is nearly four runs lower at 2.30.

    That's a big difference, and by adding the 30-year-old Soria, who is throwing the ball as well as he ever has (his walk rate is at an all-time low, while his strikeout rate is the second-highest of his career), the Tigers should be able to put some serious distance between themselves and the rest of the AL Central.

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