TigsTown Roundtable: The Deadline

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Given all of the injuries last week, should the Tigers become sellers at the deadline?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
The short answer, simply, is no. While the Tigers have a couple pieces that likely hold some value, the Tigers aren't going to trade someone productive and under contract for 2011 (so exclude Jose Valverde from the discussion), and someone like Johnny Damon might net the team a mid-level prospect, but it wouldn't be a game changer. The Tigers best course of action is to hold tight, unless a deal falls into their laps that improves the club for 2010 and beyond. The team still has a good nucleus, and when the team is healthy again, could still make a run at the division with a strong lineup and some good starting pitching.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
I don't know that the Tigers should definitively become sellers at the deadline, but they should perhaps be willing to listen to offers for a wider bredth of their roster. Players like Jose Valverde or Johnny Damon were likely to be significant contributors to any hopes of contention down the stretch, and if the team appears poised to fall out of the race as a result of the injuries to Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, and more importantly, Magglio Ordonez, then they should be willing to listen to offers. Each of the teams in contention in the Central Division is significantly flawed, even the current leaders, the White Sox. Given that fact, it is not inconceivable that the Tigers may be able to hang around over the next month. The team should not bank on the thought that they could hang in there close enough to make a push once healthy, but they shouldn't automatically go into fire sale mode either. The team should see value in dealing any players from the current roster, and if that value is not clearly evident, then they may as well stick it out and hope they can give it a run.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
Injuries and Tuesday night's hitless performance notwithstanding, the Tigers still find themselves only a few games behind the White Sox, so there is no question that they are still in contention. If the Tigers don't see their deficit grow by a wide margin over the next few days, I would expect the Tigers to try and shore up what areas they can. They certainly can't fill all of them, and they are going to need internal contributions to stay afloat, but I fully expect the Tigers to make moves that make sense both for this year and for the future. Look at it this way, the Angels are 7 1/2 games out in the West (same deficit as Oakland), and they acquired Dan Haren, so I would think that with a division as wide open as the Central, the Tigers won't be throwing up the white flag.

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