With less than 48 hours before Friday’s nonwaiver trade deadline, the Tigers sounded like a team with a lot of needs but not many solutions.
“To my knowledge, we have absolutely nothing going,” manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday afternoon.
Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski seemed to indicate much the same in remarks to Booth Newspapers.
“I’ve talked to a lot of different people,” Dombrowski told Booth on Wednesday,
“but there is not as much going on as last year because few clubs are
looking to move players. The difference between this year and last year
is more clubs are in contention.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean the Tigers won’t make a deal. Last year’s trade that sent Ivan Rodriguez to the Yankees for Kyle Farnsworth, for instance, came together in less than 24 hours. But for a team clearly in contention, yet with more needs, lack of activity isn’t a good thing.
— Jason Beck