Tigers Actively Seek Pitching

The Tigers are actively pursuing starting pitching with less than two weeks remaining before the July 31st trade deadline, MLB executives tell ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Top pitching prospect Jacob Turner allowed seven earned runs in two innings to the Angels last night, so Detroit's need for pitching now seems more acute than ever.

The Tigers appear to have some level of interest in Ryan Dempster (details here), Matt Garza (details here) and Wandy Rodriguez (details here). They're expected to make top third base/outfield prospect Nick Castellanos unavailable in trade discussions, but they are probably willing to part with Rob Brantly, and Turner, Casey Crosby or Bruce Rondon could also be available.

The White Sox are also said to be prioritizing starting pitching in trade talks. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports points out that all three AL Central contenders — the Tigers, White Sox and Indians — could use rotation upgrades. Another AL Central team, the Twins, has one of the most intriguing trade candidates in baseball: Francisco Liriano.

Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello round out the rest of Detroit's rotation. Rookie left-hander Drew Smyly is on the disabled list with a strained rib cage muscle.


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  1. After Turner’s outing last night, this comes as no surprise.

  2. Jody, i agree.  it did appear he was the deer in the headlights

  3. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Sanchez (Anibel) looked pretty decent last night for the Fish if Loria truly is selling and as Hutton said during the broadcast.. He has gone 6+ in 15 of 18 starts.

    • EightMileCats 3 years ago

      I agree. I’d like to see Sanchez/Infante to Detroit
      Or Wandy/Altuve… But that’d probably cost more to the farm

  4. Francisco Liriano is gone.  He is upset with the Twins that they didn’t give him an extension at the end of last season.  Same thing happened with Santana.  That said, I’d give Liriano a foot in the arse out the door.  He has been nothing but a nightmare these past three years.  Up and down, wild, inconsistent, etc, etc.  Time for him to move on.

  5. forkball27 3 years ago

    I would like to see them get a Lefty starter. Wandy or Vargas would be good. I think they can still trade Turner even though he had a bad night. for either of these guys, would be cool if they could get a Wandy and Lowrie for Turner, Crosby,  and Brantly. It would be nice if they could also get a bullpen arm as well with this trade kind of trade. 

    • Running Scared 3 years ago

      Lowrie was hurt last night. Wont be back for a month and a half.

    • Hal_Jordan77 3 years ago

      I’d make that trade, but I don’t think David Dombrowski would.  Lowrie is going to be out 4-6 weeks. 

  6. Guest 3 years ago

    It’s crazy how people can turn against Turner like he’s worth nothing after just 1 start. People have to remember he’s just 21, and most guys don’t get the call at that young of an age. 

    • mmwatkin 3 years ago

      It isn’t that people are turning on Jacob Turner. It is pretty apparent that he is not MLB ready. With 5th starter Drew Smyly on the DL combined with inning limits, the Tigers need another starter for the postseason push. They have invested way too much money into the team this year to rely on inconsistent starters like Porcello and Scherzer. 

    • It’s not just last night’s start… Turner has shown consistently over the last 2-3 seasons that he is not MLB ready. 
      He does have really good stuff, and, as Jim Leyland says, ” he just
      needs a little more seasoning,” but he is definitely not MLB ready.

      • ugen64 3 years ago

        yeah but reading some of the other comments, they’re saying stuff like “he still has trade value now”, as if there was any doubt. he is still extremely valuable – if you treat him as a AAA prospect, not as an ML starter. I think that’s all D3ANSKI was talking about.

  7. stroh 3 years ago

    These prospects don’t look attractive.   ‘Stros would be better off trading Wandy to the Cards or Dodgers or Braves.

  8. I’d like to see the Tigers make a strong push for Big Game James Shields…

  9. Andrew Cross 3 years ago

    I’m just glad Smyly got over that little bit of ebola he had about a month ago.

  10. gamaize 3 years ago

    Angels lineup is average at best, kid should have done much better, after all, not like he was facing a Yankee or Red Sox lineup.

  11. cgriffith 3 years ago

    If only Castellanos is the only untouchable then you know what: Put a package together of Brantly, Crosby, Turner, Boesch, and Rondon and get one a SP (prefer a Left-handed starter)

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