Trade Deadline Preview: Detroit Tigers

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Jul 1, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) receives congratulations from third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) after scoring in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While the teams in the AL Central are hardly pushovers, the Detroit Tigers were and are the favorites to win the division. Their roster has the most experience and arguably the most depth of any team in the division, but they are not without their flaws.

Offensively the team’s leaders have been just who you’d expect. Two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera continues to produce, though not at the same rate he has in seasons past. Victor Martinez has seemed re-energized and finds himself in the midst of a career year, with free agency looming at season’s end. Ian Kinsler has been outstanding in his first season with the team.

Yet, at the same time, they’ve received minimal production behind the plate, at shortstop, and across much of the outfield.

On the mound the story has been similar. Max Scherzer is having another solid season. Rick Porcello finally is emerging. Anibal Sanchez has pitched well. The trio’s strengths have allowed the team to overcome Justin Verlander‘s struggles and those from the bullpen.

Detroit is in prime position to hold onto their lead in the division, but they haven’t won anything yet. A few tweaks to the roster could help them hold off the Royals and Indians. 

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  • Joshua Giovannone

    Andrus would be sweet and I am glad a writer out there finally said that we need a new catcher. I completely agree. I love what Avila did for us in the last but it’s been a while since he has been worth the starting role.

  • Trent Bonaventure

    This analysis is largely nonsense. Smyley has pitched well in the rotation, Suarez is hitting near .300, Coke is improving and Avila has been a good defensive catcher with a high OBP. The bullpen needs help but not at the expense of putting Smyley back and replacing him with Ray who has not been proven to be an “upgrade” over Smyley.