Trade Deadline Preview: Detroit Tigers

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Jun 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Needs to be addressed:

1. Catcher

At one point Alex Avila looked like he might develop into a reliable option behind the plate, but that’s hardly been the case. This marks the third straight season in which his offensive production has been a disappointment and there’s only so much longer that the organization will be able to stand for it.

2. Veteran bullpen help

Joe Nathan has looked dreadful in the closer role. Phil Coke has struggled as the main lefty in the pen. The Tigers continue to throw different options into different roles, yet only their surprising signing this past offseason (Joba Chamberlain) has been effective as a reliever.

3. Shortstop

This was a need going back to Spring Training. It’s still a need now. Nothing that this team has tried at the position has worked on the season to date and there don’t appear to be any in-house options close to being MLB-ready. 

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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.