Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
While public opinion has obviously taken a swing since the Tigers stumbled out of the block in the second half, my answer remains the same; I expect the Tigers to largely stand pat and continue with what they have this season. We all know there are needs out there; a left-handed starter, a setup man, a shortstop, maybe a catcher too. But the reality is, when you look at the above, you realize this time is far from just one piece from contending. It doesn't mean they have no shot at making a run at the division title, but it does mean that they're nowhere near being an AL favorite. In addition, the Tigers are finally reaching a point where they'll have some financial flexibility heading into the offseason, something they haven't had in years due to a handful of unnecessary, poor contracts. Finally, a combination of trades in past years, big league needs, and natural ebb and flow of a farm system has left the Tigers lacking in High-A and Double-A prospects, typical prize pieces in deadline deals. Without a surplus to deal from, with financial flexibility on the horizon, and without a World Series contender, the Tigers are better off competing with what they have for 2010, and looking toward 2011 as the real opportunity.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The Tigers are in the thick of things at the break, and it is difficult to justify not making any moves. Any time you have a chance at the playoffs, you have to make some kind of push. That said, the Tigers should not be making moves for half season rentals or aging vets that just might push them over the edge. Instead, the moves they should be targeting are those moves that not only improve their chances in the short term, but also over the next two to three years. Though it may seem lofty, the Tigersv should be targeting additional centerpiece players that are under control beyond this fall; players like Dan Haren, Stephen Drew, or even players with little left on their deal, but may be ripe for an extension, like Adam Dunn or Ben Sheets. The Tigers will be forced to make difficult decisions regarding the dealing of prospects if they go this route, but those difficult decisions could be esuaged by the idea that the Tigers are improving their playoff chances beyond the end of the 2010 season.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I would expect the Tigers to be busy at the trade deadline. The Tigers have several needs with a starting pitcher, shortstop and reliever highlighting the list of priorities. Despite their current five-game losing streak heading into the start of Monday's series with Texas, the Tigers are only 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox, and the AL Central figures to be a division that one wouldn't expect a team to just suddenly run away with it. With that backdrop, I believe Dave Dombrowski will do what he can to try and upgrade the roster, but should the Tigers continue to spiral downwards over the next 10 days, they could just as easily become sellers and try to get some players that can help them in the future. Regardless of what happens on the field, I think the Tigers' brass will be quite active.
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