Just before the Detroit Tigers' afternoon series finale against the Chicago White Sox on MLB trade deadline day, a major move stole the headlines.
The Oakland Athletics, motivated by either their burning desire to win a championship now or finally beat the Tigers in the playoffs, traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.
As of Thursday morning, little was known about Detroit's deadline plans, other than rumors that Detroit was still seeking bullpen help. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report tweeted that fact out late on Wednesday after Detroit's 7-2 victory over Chicago, casting a tiny bit of light on what has been a very quiet week since the Tigers moved on Joakim Soria.
Who might be on the radar next? The most prominent names were Philadelphia's Antonio Bastardo and Boston's Andrew Miller, but other names such as Arizona's Tony Sipp and Oliver Perez were expected to be available during the day as well.
It's possible the Tigers consider starting pitching, also. Tony Paul of the Detroit News mentioned that recently, while also cautioning the Tigers might have to wait until late Thursday make anything meaningful happen because prices were sky high for relievers.
Would the emergence of left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy change Detroit's thinking? James Schmehl of MLive pondered that thought and wondered if the Tigers might be content with what they had thanks to the rookie's quality emergence.
In other words, nobody can say with fact what the Tigers might want to do. Based on reports, though, it seems logical to think that whatever move Detroit might make by 4 p.m. Thursday would be for an additional bullpen arm. Unless Dave Dombrowski decides to up the ante and offer a kings ransom for David Price, Detroit probably won't make a blockbuster move, as not many exist.
Detroit fans should temper their expectations for a big name to counter Oakland's splash in the meantime, and watch for a move which nets another lower-key reliever for a bullpen that continues to have its share of complicated issues.
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