As the trading deadline approaches yet another year in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers are hoping to acquire a player or even two to put them in first place in a weak A.L. Central.
There is much talk about getting an outfielder to help them out. However, I feel the best position to address would be starting pitcher.
Now there are many different starters that would fit the Tigers. According to mlbtraderumors.com, the Tigers are interested in getting either Baltimore Orioles right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie, has been a decent pitcher for the Orioles the last few years and throws pretty hard. He would fit right in with the Tigers staff.
Another name floating around the rumor mill includes Colorado Rockies right-handed star Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez has had trouble staying on track this year but has unbelievable stuff. He got off to the great start last year and if he could turn his season around, it would be a great pick up for the Tigers.
The third and last name that is circling around is Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kuroda is 37 years old and he is under contract for the rest of this season, for the price of 12 million. This pick up would be a tough pill to swallow for Tiger fans.
For now, tomorrow the Tigers have pitcher Duane Below starting. Many people thought that prized prospect Jacob Turner would get the start tomorrow night. Yet Below will get the ball tomorrow and it is an odd choice to me. Although Below is having a nice season at Toledo, I’m wondering why the Tigers would not try to give Turner a little more exposure to the rest of the league. There is no doubt that Below deserves a chance, but I don’t feel like before the trading deadline is the correct time.