As a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, it kills me to watch them stumble so far this 2008 season. At this point they are fourth in a very weak American League Central Division.
With Interleague play in full swing, that brings thoughts of the trade deadline that is just over a month away (July 31st). I believe by just making a few moves, the Tigers could possibly turn this season around and improve their future. Here are a five trade possibilities that the Tigers could turn to:
DET TRADE: Ivan Rodriguez (C), Jordan Tata (SP)*, Jeff Frazier (RF)*
NYY TRADE: Jorge Posada (C), Zack Kroenke (SP)*
Yes, Pudge is the Tigers' starter and is a HOF-caliber catcher, but he is getting a little old and he is slowing down both offensively and defensively.
With no good young catching prospect, the Tigers have to do something while they have something to trade away. Posada is the same age as Pudge, but hasn't caught for as long and still has an offensive upside to him.
DET TRADE: Zach Miner (RP/SP), Ian Ostlund (RP)*, Chris Carlson (1B)*
BAL TRADE: Matt Albers (SP/RP), Johnathon Tucker (2B)*
This trade could give help to the Tigers bullpen or starting rotation. Matt Albers is a 24 year-old long reliever/starting pitcher who is absolutely shut down versus lefthanded hitters.
Since the departure of Jason Grilli, Zach Miner has been more of a go-to reliever even though he seems to struggle 90% of the time. The Tigers can't have a pitcher who is only good 10% of the time with the position their bullpen is in now. Albers is a person who can come in and throw strikes.
DET TRADE: Gary Sheffield (DH), Francis Beltran (RP)*, Mike Gosse (2B)*
CIN TRADE: Adam Dunn (RF)
Ah, a left handed power bat...just what the Tigers need to complete an already sick lineup. Adam Dunn can, as ESPN analysts say, "uproot a tree with one hand". This man has power like no other pro MLB player does, but the downside is that he also racks up the strikeouts.
Dunn would love to be in the AL because he could then be a Designated Hitter and not have to show off his sloth-like ability in right field.
DET TRADE: Aquilino Lopez (RP)*, Matt Rusch (SP)*, Will Rhymes (2B)*
SFG TRADE: Brian Wilson (RP)
Wilson is a possible closer or setup man. It would add another power arm to the bullpen that already has Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney.
On the other hand, it would provide depth in the bullpen for the Giants (which they desperately need) and also give them a second base prospect since Ray Durham is on his way out.
DET TRADE: Yorman Bazardo (RP)*, Nick Trzesniak (C)*
PIT TRADE: Ronny Paulino (C)*
If the Tigers trade Pudge or not they do need a backup catcher anyway. Brandon Inge will become less effective at third base if Leyland keeps wearing him out behind the plate. Paulino could provide a little pop off the bench and could maybe, just maybe, help with depth behind Cabrera at first base.
* indicates player is minor leagues