Monday, July 26, 2010

Tigers' rash of injuries have other teams hoping to make a desperation steal

    Dave Dombrowski's phone is going to ringing nonstop this week. Other teams, having heard about the injuries to Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, smell blood. They are like sharks in the water, hoping the Tigers might be desperate enough now to do something dumb.
    There is no sympathy in baseball.
    With the trade deadline looming at 4 p.m. on Saturday, everybody is looking for a good deal -- or a steal.
    There is real feeding frenzy during this final week to make trades without waivers.
    "Things change daily at this time of the year," Dombrowski said. "These days are like weeks the rest of the year."
    And other teams know the Tigers have plenty of fresh meat in their farm system.
    But most of the best of the Tigers' young prospects are already needed in the big leagues. And they are not about to part with promising young pitchers Jacob Turner or Andy Oliver unless they are offered another "Miguel Cabrera deal" -- in other words, a trade simply too good to turn down.
    Ryan Strieby, Wilkin Ramirez, or Charles Furbush might be available but they aren't likely to bring much in return.
    A report out of Washington alleges the Tigers have "great interest in Nationals' slugger Adam Dunn. That might make sense, depending upon the Nationals' price.
    The 30-year-old Dunn, who is due about $4 million the rest of this season before he becomes a free agent at the end of the year, is a bona fide slugger. He is currently hitting .281 with 23 homers and 63 RBIs. And he has belted at least 38 home runs each year since 2004.
    Dunn, who is definitely not another Aubrey Huff, would help Cabrera carry the slugging load and ease some of the pressure on Brennan Boesch and the kids Jim Leyland now finds himself forced to play every day.
    On Saturday, Leyland flatly denied that the Tigers have any interest in veteran third baseman Mike Lowell or left handed  pitcher Ted Lilly. Of course, that was before Ordonez and Guillen joined Brandon Inge on the disabled list.
    Meanwhile, Dan Haren -- who supposedly was near the top of  the Tigers' "wish" list, even though the Tigers were on Haren's "no trade" list -- was traded to Angels on Sunday.
    I have never understood why teams like the Diamondbacks willingly shower a player like Haren with millions of dollars, ($44.75 million for four years) then dump that same guy less than halfway through his contract because he is making too much money.
    Sometimes baseball doesn't make much sense.


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