With the August 1st Major League Baseball trade deadline coming quick, rumors are once again starting to circulate about whether or not the Detroit Tigers will be buyers, sellers or if they will stick with their current roster.
It’s no mystery that one of the Tigers biggest weaknesses is their starting rotation and if they do indeed decide to be buyers at the deadline, obtaining a starting pitcher would certainly be at the top of their list.
According to John Heyman of the MLB Network, the Tigers are indeed in the mix to land San Diego Padres starter, Andrew Cashner.
“Cashner’s prediction that he will be dealt looks like a lock with the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers all thought to be in the mix to varying degrees.”
Cashner, who is 29-years-old, is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 15 starts for the Padres this season. Although those numbers are not even close to being impressive, he has been much better of late, allowing only one run in three of his four starts in July.
In a year where starting pitching will be at a premium at the deadline, the Padres asking price for the right-handed Cashner could be more than the Tigers can afford. Padres GM A.J. Preller realizes that and is willing to wait for the best possible deal.
“Nothing’s really changed in terms of the trade deadline,” Preller said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of interest in him. Doesn’t seem like a ton of pitchers are available. You’ve seen we’ve made a few trades (already), and we’re obviously not in the top part of the standings. We think he’s a quality major league pitcher. We’re going to listen, but in order for it to make sense, it’s going to have to be a deal that improves us for sure, in the short and long term.”
If the Tigers can land Cashner without giving up too much, they would have to strongly consider pulling the trigger, but that seems unlikely considering the market for starting pitching.
Prior to Saturday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, Tigers GM Al Avila commented on the market for a starting pitcher.
Avila on market: "I have been in contact with several GMs in sell mode. The asking price is too high right now, even for fifth starters."
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 23, 2016