Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
It's still tough to say who exactly is going to be available, but if there was ever an ideal hitter for Comerica Park (and for this lineup), it'd be Bobby Abreu. Rumor has it that the price tag now is extremely high, but that should come down given the fact that Abreu is on the north side of 30 and has a huge salary. Don't be fooled, getting Abreu would still be a huge cost to the organization, but the vast majority of the Tigers' core is ready to win now, not in three years, and with the Tigers sitting with the best record in baseball, they'd be foolish to turn down the opportunity to add an excellent middle-of-the-order bat that would also solidify the outfield for future years.
Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
With the Tigers hot start and a solid core of player to build around, I'm not sure I really want to see them go after anyone particularly hard in the coming month. Any attempt to acquire a player who could significantly effect our championship hopes, is likely to cost a "pretty penny." I'm not convinced the Tigers are in quite the position to be giving up young talent for a shot at the title this year. The organization has the opportunity to take this year's success, and build on it for the long haul. With that said, I think they definitely need to add some lefty punch to the bench, and a cheap acquisition of someone like Matt Stairs would be very useful. He's not the big name many would like to see, but he's a handy player, that could have more of an impact than some realize.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
Even though he is an unrealistic target, and is a right-handed hitter, there is no question that Miguel Cabrera would be a huge difference maker in the Tigers lineup. Cabrera has put up solid numbers, despite not having a lot of protection around him. Cabrera would fill a need in left field, and would cost a huge price (Cameron Maybin, Humberto Sanchez, etc.), but if the Tigers could deal for him without losing any of their young players on the 25-man roster (Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, Curtis Granderson, etc.), it would be worth it. The Tigers are rumored to be looking at Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford, and considering that the price to get him will be enormous, why not take a shot at Cabrera? I understand that he would be a longshot, and obviously, there would be a long line for Cabrera's services, but his bat could make the Tigers a legitimate World Series contender. Cabrera is still young enough that he could be the face of the franchise for many years to come, and is the only player available that I would even consider trading the best the farm has to offer for. When you have the chance to not only acquire one of the best young sluggers in the game, and make yourself a championship contender in the process, you have to take a long look at the situation, and I'm Dave Dombrowski and his staff will do that.
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