Should the Tigers Trade Marcus Thames?

timot andarieseCorrespondent IJune 26, 2008

The Tigers have struggled all year with consistency in their bullpen. The team has been banking on the return of its injured relievers, Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney. Their return has been anything but heroic. At this juncture, you have to wonder what will general manager Dave Dombrowski do?

After mortgaging their future in the offseason to acquire Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, the Tigers' farm system is depleted. Who can the Tigers move? Virtually no one.

The player that they could move to get the most bang for their buck would be Marcus Thames. Thames happens to lead the Tigers in homers and makes $1,275,000, which is easier to move than the contract belonging to Gary Sheffield.

Sheffield has been less than his Hall-of-Famer self over the last three years, hitting 35 total home runs.

The fact remains that the Tigers need relievers and can only move certain players, though.

The question is what relievers are out there to be had with the price tag of Marcus Thames? If the Tigers are looking to win now at any cost, moving Thames is likely.