Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Ultimately, the Tigers dilemman comes down to the fact that their one true need is starting pitching, and it isn't necessarily an obvious one long-term (hoping to get Jeremy Bonderman and Dontrelle Willis back). So, do you mortgage the future to try and upgrade? It's tough, because right now, anyone that the Tigers could fetch on the market either likely wouldn't be a significant upgrade over the Tigers' current back end of the rotation, or the pitcher would come with a heavy price tag. Given the amount of prospects the Tigers have already shipped out over the past two years, I see being highly unlikely the Tigers will make much noise at the deadline, instead standing pat and doing the best with what they've got.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The Tigers have quite the dilemma at the non-waiver trade deadline this season. They're on the cusp of contention, yet there are enough questions surrounding the makeup of this team, to possibly steer them away from making deals. Their glaring holes are DH and shortstop, and the former could be filled with a litany of candidates from within, and provide an upgrade over Sheff's current performance. The latter is a more difficult scenario. Can they just keep running Renteria out there? Can they count on Santiago to continue playing at this level? Or, can they just hand things over to someone like Hollimon and let him run? Given Leyland's past tendancies, I'd say he'll just continue with Renteria. That all said, unless they're going to go out and get a bullpen arm, I really don't see what they're going to do at the deadline. If they imploded over the next seven or eight days, they may flip some guys like Jones or Rodney, and look toward the future, but that seems unlikely to me. In the end, I think they stand pat, with maybe a minor deal or two after the non-waiver deadline has passed.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
With the Tigers still lurking on the fringes of playoff contention, I think the Tigers will check around on starting pitching, but unless they are taking on someone who is struggling mightily (Brett Myers for example), they won't be making any major moves. The Tigers had a huge series with the White Sox this weekend that could very well determine whether they become full-fledged buyers or sellers, but ultimately likely didn't swing things one way or the other. Even with the team being around the .500 mark, I think the Tigers need to listen and see what they could potentially get for someone like Ivan Rodriguez, and a few other players who likely won't be back next year. Right now, I think it will be a quiet trade deadline, but that could very easily change one way or the other over the next week.
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