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Options Help Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers Look Like Match for David Price

July 30th, 2015 at 9:32 AM
By Max DeMara

In the next 40 hours, there will be plenty of rumors about where the Detroit Tigers might choose to ship David Price.

Big name teams from both coasts and even Canada will line up, all to get a chance to speak with Dave Dombrowski about acquiring a man who pitched the Tigers to the Central Division title on the last day of the 2014 season. To them, there is value in Price right now for that very reason.

This season, he is again the trump card for anyone with designs of contending for October, and the biggest contender might be the Los Angeles Dodgers. Like the Tigers a year ago, the simple temptation of adding Price into an already dominant rotation is likely too good to pass up.

The good news for Detroit? The Dodgers are already the team they should be talking to anyway. Want young pitching? From Julio Urias to Jose De Leon and Grant Holmes, there's plenty of that. Established pitching? The recently acquired Alex Wood comes to mind. How about talented position players? Corey Seager and Alex Verdugo can be suggested. How about a maddening talent who could use a change of scenery? Hello, Yasiel Puig.

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Dave Dombrowski Says Detroit Tigers Will ‘Reboot’ and Start Taking Offers for Top Players

July 29th, 2015 at 5:32 PM
By Max DeMara

Wednesday afternoon, Justin Verlander pitched like himself and the Detroit Tigers got timely hitting in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Still, neither variable was enough to delay the inevitable. Dave Dombrowski said after the game that the team will now listen to trade offers for top players like David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. The public announcement finally made something which seemed like a private formality true.

"We decided we were willing to listen to offers for some of our free-agent players," Dombrowski said as reported by Lynn Henning of the Detroit News as he left the clubhouse following Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"We're not giving up, in the sense that you try to win every day. But in our position, we look at us rebooting going into next year."

"It's a process you go through with my supervisors," said Dombrowski, clearly referring to (Mike) Ilitch, who has owned the Tigers since 1992. It's not easy for us to do that because we have really been trying to win on a yearly basis.

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Inside the Numbers: Detroit Tigers’ Offense Has Also Fallen Apart at a Critical Time

July 29th, 2015 at 11:38 AM
By Max DeMara

Lately, the woes of the Detroit Tigers' pitching staff have made headlines, but equally as brutal has been the team's penchant for going cold with the bats.

Tuesday night, the Tigers failed to back up David Price again, scoring only two total runs in an ugly 10-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. As things have gone for the offense, that was par for the course.

In the second half, the Tigers aren't getting the job done with the bats. They have scored over six runs in a game only three times. For comparison, they've scored one run or less the exact same amount. That's not giving a pitching staff wiggle room to compensate for a bad start. It certainly doesn't allow the team to pick up a struggling pitcher and support him on their own.

Overall, Detroit's at-bats, especially with runners in scoring position, have been lazy and unfocused. They haven't manufactured as many runs because getting runners on base has become a considerable challenge. Extra base hits and home runs have also become scarce.

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Detroit Tigers Trade Deadline Rumor Chart: Mike Leake on the Radar Should Team Buy

July 28th, 2015 at 3:24 PM
By Max DeMara

From now until July 31, we'll keep tabs of what moves the Detroit Tigers might be looking to make at the non-waiver trade deadline.

It's three days before baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, and the Detroit Tigers apparently still don't know exactly what they'll be up to.

Recent rumors have the Tigers as either buyers, sellers or still unsure on their course of action, depending on who's asked. The overall consensus is starting to become that Detroit will likely buy, however, and not trade a big gun like David Price all but giving up on the 2015 season.

Detroit is 4.5 games out of a wild card birth and trailing plenty of teams. If they're adding, it will likely be with regards to pitching. What name has come into the forefront in the last 24 hours in that respect? Here's an update just before Friday's deadline.

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It’s Time the Detroit Tigers Faced Facts: They’re not True Contenders in 2015

July 28th, 2015 at 11:26 AM
By Max DeMara

Monday night, it was a familiar story. Curt Casali, a mostly unknown player, homered twice for the Tampa Bay Rays, who defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2.

The Tigers' pitching was sporadic at best, as were the efforts of the offense. If ever there could be a crushing and telling baseball loss in July, this was it for Detroit. The defeat dipped the Tigers a season-high three games below .500 for the first time since 2012, and helped them get leap-frogged by three teams in the wild card race.

Everything hammers home the point: barring a shakeup, this edition of the 2015 Tigers simply aren't contenders. They aren't going anywhere in the standings and certainly won't contend to win the Central Division. Given the nature of the wild card, they will hang around and have a statistical chance, but it will be fool's gold given performance.

Yet, before the game, pesky buy or sell rumors persisted, with national writers maintaining that the Tigers were either still undecided or set to make a push for the playoffs by buying. Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi even tweeted that Detroit was waiting to see how they fared in Tampa before making any final decisions. Previously, Detroit was waiting to see how they fared in Boston.

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