Detroit Tigers Taking Offers as MLB Trade Deadline Nears

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2008

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching on July 31, the Detroit Tigers are looking to improve their team to make a playoff push. Many rumors have circulated around the Tigers because of their desperation to get to the playoffs this season.

In the offseason the Tigers picked up players such as; Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis, Edgar Renteria and Jacque Jones. While Cabrera is coming into his own in Detroit, the other three haven't panned out just yet. Renteria is now splitting time at shortstop, Willis is with the Tigers' Single-A affiliate and Jones was released.

Many moves make sense for the Tigers since they really need to improve their bullpen. Rumors like, moving Ivan Rodriguez who is in his contract season and also moving reliever, Fernando Rodney for another set-up man.

Some rumors are listed below with the chance that it will actually happen (1-very unlikely, 5-maybe, 10-very likely:

Trading Fernando Rodney away for a set-up man or a couple of minor leaguers. Chance: 8

Trading Ivan Rodriguez to Florida for possibly a minor league catcher, and a reliever or two. Chance: 2

Trade Magglio Ordonez for a minor league outfielder and All-Star caliber reliever. Chance: 0

Get a veteran pitcher, like Maddux, Wolf or Garcia. Chance: 3

Trading for shortstop, Jack Wilson. Chance: 2

Trading for reliever Dustin Moseley. Chance: 6

Trade away Marcus Thames for a starting left fielder. Chance: 1

Move Sheffield and minor leaguers for possibly Adam Dunn. Chance: 4