The July 31 trade deadline is less then five days away, and rumors are heating up around the league.
For the Detroit Tigers, the mid-season "addition" of Carlos Guillen from the disabled list has given the offense a much-needed boost. After being swept by the Yankees and losing two of three to the Mariners, they took three of four games from their divisional foe, the White Sox, with Guillen in the lineup.
The trade attention may have moved away from adding a bat to adding an arm. But, if a good offer comes Dave Dombrowski's way, trust me, he will pull the trigger.
Most of the news this trading season has been about pitcher, Roy Halladay. The Tigers have reportably shown some interest but not much. Nevertheless, Halladay is always in the back of Detroit's mind, so we will start off with him.
Roy Halladay, SP (Toronto Blue Jays)
The Phillies are chasing after Halladay, but if they can't get a deal done soon, expect other teams to jump at the chance of having a Cy Young winner on their team.
The Tigers could be one of those teams. The problem is, to get Halladay, you have to give up much in return. To reel him in, Detroit would most like have to give up a major league-ready starting pitcher and multiple minor league prospects.
With the amount of money that comes with Halladay, Detroit would most likely ask Toronto to eat some of Halladay's contract, which I'm not sure they'll want to do.
Roy Halladay and Marco Scutaro for Nate Robertson, Cale Iorg, Wilkin Ramirez, and Cody Satterwhite.
Adam Dunn, OF/DH (Washington Nationals)
Dunn is a power hitter who would love to be a designated hitter every night. In the National League his entire career, he has been forced to play the field, a place where he isn't exactly a gazelle.
At the plate, Dunn is having his best season. He is hitting at a .275 clip; his previous best batting average was .266. His 71 RBI ranks him ninth in the majors this season.
Along with Miguel Cabrera, Marcus Thames, and Curtis Granderson, Dunn could contribute to a scary lineup.
Adam Dunn and cash for Alfredo Figaro and Ryan Raburn.
Luke Scott, OF (Baltimore Orioles)
Although Scott is normally an everyday outfielder for the Orioles, with the Tigers, he would have to platoon with players like Marcus Thames, Magglio Ordonez, Ryan Raburn, and Clete Thomas.
Scott may get plenty of at bats, though, as, unlike Thames, Ordonez, and Raburn, he swings from the left side of the plate.
This may be the most unlikely of the five names to come to Detroit, since their isn't much need for his services, other than the left-handed bat. But, if the Tigers can also add to the bullpen, this deal may get done.
Luke Scott and George Sherrill for Brent Clevlen, Casper Wells, and Freddy Dolsi.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B and Zach Duke, SP (Pittsburgh Pirates)
The Tigers have been scouting the Pirates lately, and Detroit is looking for a middle infielder and pitcher.
Freddy Sanchez would share time with Placido Polanco for the rest of the season. In 2010, he could become the main man, since Polanco is a free agent after this season.
Sanchez would be another solid contact hitter to an already good contact lineup. He isn't to shabby of a fielder either.
Zach Duke is a career below average pitcher, but 2009 has been a different story. Duke has showed promise at 9-9 with his 3.42 ERA and a 2.18 K/BB ratio. Those numbers made him a 2009 NL All-Star.
Duke also leads the National League with three complete games in 2009. As a result, he can help save the Tiger relievers' arms.
Freddy Sanchez and Zach Duke for Scott Sizemore, Zach Simons, and Jeff Larish.