Still, prior to that latest round of madness, the Tigers were looking for a way to boost their inconsistent offense first. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Detroit was considering adding a bat, and later, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported that the Tigers and Kansas City Royals were eyeing Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe continued, saying Detroit could now be the most logical trade partner for Nava considering Kansas City's Monday acquisition of Josh Willingham.
Though he's not yet on waivers, it would seem that the Tigers' interest in Nava relates to the fact that he can hit left handed and play quality outfield defense. The team has lacked a consistent hitter from that side of the plate other than the switch hitting Victor Martinez, and Nava can swing from both sides of the plate as well, while eating up space and time in the outfield.
This season, Nava doesn't have the great statistics to back his hitting up, only posting a .248 slash line with two home runs and 15 RBI's. It's been a struggle after Nava posted career highs in 2013 (.303 batting average, 12 home runs), but to the Tigers, Nava could look appealing now considering the injuries to Andy Dirks and the dealing of Austin Jackson.
Other than Nava, the left-handed options are very thin for the Tigers. New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson cleared waivers on Monday, but the chances of a reunion there are slim considering Granderson's bloated contract (he's owed $47 million from 2015-2017). All told, other than Nava, there's not much available on the open market in a position the Tigers could logically upgrade.
Detroit's facing a mini-crisis in their rotation, with Anibal Sanchez heading to the disabled list and Verlander's arm trouble casting a pall. Considering they'll start Buck Farmer and Robbie Ray in the coming days, it's not logical to rule out another starter. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies could also begin discussing a Jonathan Papelbon trade in the days ahead considering Detroit's bullpen trouble with Joe Nathan and minus Joakim Soria. Papelbon cleared waivers, but the teams have not talked.
The moral of the story? Things have changed fast for Dave Dombrowski in August, who's Tigers have slid into second place thanks not only to Kansas City's recent hot streak but their own multitude of problems.
Considering all these facts, Dombrowski's hand might be forced multiple times in the uncertain weeks ahead, even if the roster fixes aren't ideal.
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