Tigers looking at hot corner of trade market

It isn’t just pitching the Tigers are eyeing on the trade market. With Brandon Inge out 4-6 weeks with a broken left hand, they’re making it clear that they’ll look at help if they think they can swing a deal for a third baseman.
Asked if Inge’s eventual return, potentially ahead of schedule, affects their approach on the trade market, manager Jim Leyland chose his words carefully.
“I think it’s part of the equation,” Leyland said, “but I also think that a month to six weeks is a long time to go without him, if you’re fighting for a pennant. That doesn’t mean I don’t have confidence, but I don’t expect Scott Sizemore to be Brandon Inge. If anybody else does, they’re crazy.
“A month to six weeks is a long time to go without Brandon Inge right now. Then again, what does that mean? Is there somebody out there that makes sense, or somebody you don’t have to give up an arm and a leg for? That’s a tough call. I’ve thought about that, and that’s my answer. Four to six weeks is a long time. You can read into that whatever you want.”
There are options on the market at various prices. CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler wrote Friday that the Tigers expressed some interest in Mike Lowell, who’s set to begin a rehab assignment in the Red Sox farm system shortly. Boston has been trying to trade Lowell at various points this season, and likely wouldn’t require a lot, but the 36-year-old hasn’t played third base on an everyday basis since last year.
Jose Bautista is another rumored option on the market, and the Tigers will get plenty of looks at him this weekend with the Blue Jays in town. But with Bautista leading the Majors in home runs in his suddenly scintilliating season, Toronto could demand plenty in return.
Inge is a free agent at season’s end, as is Lowell. Bautista is arbitration eligible for another year.

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As soon is not Lowell
And what about Lilly? he is another Washburn but with good knees. He is not DD kind of pitcher but would be perfect between JV and MS. A pitcher with command that put player to hit flies. Especially good with the improved defense in the OF

I’m not sure how many deals a team can reasonably make at the deadline, but I think a healthy Lowell would be a positive this season. Another way to go would be to try and deal for your permanent thirdbaseman of the future here, but that kind of deal doesn’t often go down at this time of year. I guess DD has been and will be busy. I would caution against mortgaging the future too much since I’m not convinced that anything can get us the division this season. Too many holes, on the field and on the bench. The managerial bench.
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Dan, I don’t know how the TV thing works in Canada but is it possible that this time you will get Sunday night’s game and we won’t? I assume the US blackout covers MLB.TV too.
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Marty, you probably recall that Santiago has been my man for five years now. Every team needs a guy like him, someone that does the little things and plays the game correctly. Let the big boys do the bopping. If I could find a Santiago t-shirt, I’d buy it. I did find a Boesch T in Michigan last week and bought it for my wife. Not much Tiger gear in these parts. :-)
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Speaking of these parts, it’s 84 degrees (heat index 93) at nearly 11 PM as I write this.
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I’m taking a perverse interest in the trade deadline coverage this week. Remember last year? The media built it up beyond all possible proportion, even going so far as to run a countdown clock on the 31st, then the same media complained that the trade deadline had been a disappointment! You have to get your comedy where you can find it…………..
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I can’t quite bring myself to go watch the White Sox. Maybe I’ll watch that HBO series that’s based in Detroit. The one starring Mickey Mantle. If you know what I’m talking about.
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–Rich

Happy for Mark that he got at least a win for the road trip home. Man what an awful week of Tiger baseball to have watched.
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Obtaining Lowell for next to nothing would be a smart move for a few months, after all he has the previous four years hit over .270 and a change of scenery would no doubt spark him.
There is no way Inge is here in 2011 as Worth and Santiago provide low cost flexibility. You can’t also have weak offense at 3B and Inge would unlikely contemplate taking a huge haircut on his current $6.6m.
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At the end of the day though, our starting pitching is where we are weakest and we have to get an experienced arm sooner rather than later. We can’t afford another ace and nothing over the past few weeks has altered my opinion that Lilly looks the best fit with minimal farm loss in the process.
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Glad to see JV was able to adjust against the Jays but just plain stupid to have his original fastball game plan anyway.
JV fails to realise that as the teams ace, it isn’t just about winning his game but also going an absolute minimum 7 innings to save our bullpen.
JV has all the talent but lacks the experience to be the No. 1 pitcher for a contending team having only gone 7 or more innings only 11 of 20 starts, one complete game and ERA splits of 2.65 home and 4.99 away.
In comparison, Halladay is 17 of 21 for >=7IP with 7 complete games and Lee 15 of 16 with 6 complete games.
The remaining Tig starters should at least be completing 6 innings, where Scherzer is 9/18; Bondo 10/18; Rick 6/14 and GMan 5/10. Pitching 6 innings only 50% of the time, including over their last 5 starts isn’t going to get it done.

Given the interest in Haren & Lilly, their figures this year are:
Lilly 34yo lefty 9 of 17 starts going at least 7IP and 14/17 at least 6IP. $13m in 2010 FA in 2011. 3.88 ERA with 4.28 at home (.230 avge) and 3.27 on the road despite a slightly higher .245 avge.
Haren 29yo righty 9/21 starts going at least 7IP and 17/21 going min. 6IP. $12.75m with options for 2013. 4.60 ERA with 4.36 at home (.279 avge) and 4.86 away (.292 avge).
A lefty would be nice together with the 2010 form. I prefer not being locked into an NL pitcher, albeit ones with AL experience from around five years back.
Haren would have to be considerably more expensive in trade costs with Lilly out of contract unlikely to command prime farm prospects ala Washburn.

Given the interest in Haren & Lilly, their figures this year are:
Lilly 34yo lefty 9 of 17 starts going at least 7IP and 14/17 at least 6IP. $13m in 2010 FA in 2011. 3.88 ERA with 4.28 at home (.230 avge) and 3.27 on the road despite a slightly higher .245 avge.
Haren 29yo righty 9/21 starts going at least 7IP and 17/21 going min. 6IP. $12.75m with options for 2013. 4.60 ERA with 4.36 at home (.279 avge) and 4.86 away (.292 avge).
A lefty would be nice together with the 2010 form. I prefer not being locked into an NL pitcher, albeit ones with AL experience from around five years back.
Haren would have to be considerably more expensive in trade costs with Lilly out of contract unlikely to command prime farm prospects ala Washburn.

Jimmy doesn’t expect Sizemore to be “Brandon Inge”? Well, I guess they learned their lesson when they wanted Sizemore to be a “Placido Polanco” huh? (gold glove winner the year before BTW) Just think, if Polly was still here, they could move him over to 3rd and either Guillen or Santiago could play 2nd…just sayin’….

There’s a good article in the Detroit News quoting Leland about Dombrowski and how skilled and knowledgeable he is about players (DD, that is).
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I’d really like to see the Tigers get a pitcher, if possible. As far as position players, I don’t know enough about them to opine. Lowell used to be very good and could hit, but I’m not sure that he’d get to the balls like we need a good 3rd baseman to do.
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Rain, rain go away. Come again some other day.

“Huff is Giants’ Cornerstone” article by Mychael Urban on CSN Bay Area, mentions that Aubrey Huff has been a “godsend” for the Giants, and a real clubhouse leader, and he can do a little bit of everything. Just sayin’…

JP

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