The Detroit Tigers have now decided that they are sellers and will attempt to trade David Price and others, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. The team is reportedly telling teams that they are “rebooting.” Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski is ready to listen to offers on pending free agents.
Dombrowski confirms: Tigers are “rebooting,” will listen on trades for pending free agents.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 29, 2015
Dombrowski told Beck this “We’re only going to make a trade if we think it makes sense for us. But we think it gives us a chance to restock our club.”
The club will most likely try and shop Price of course, Yoenis Cespedes, Joakim Soria, Rajai Davis and Alex Avila. This announcement will play a huge roll in the upcoming days, as the price for Cole Hamels has gone down with the availability of Price. Cespedes will now join Justin Upton and Carlos Gonzalez as the primary outfielders available at the deadline.
The Tigers are currently 49-52 and 12.5 games out of first place in the AL Central and 3.5 out of the Wild Card. So the team still isn’t out of the playoff race, but it doesn’t look good with Miguel Cabrera still missing time with an injury. Detroit could add some valuable prospects and receive something besides a compensation pick for Price, who becomes a free agent following this season. The Tigers lost Max Schrezer to free agency last year and apparently don’t want the same thing to happen again.
Price is most likely to garner interest from the Cubs, Yankees, Blue Jays and Dodgers. Those four teams have the prospects needed to get a deal done.