Window Shopping in Detroit

In the span of just a single game, the trade deadline priorities of the Detroit Tigers suddenly changed.

Luckily they were playing against the Toronto Blue Jays, a team which is full of players who are just waiting to be plucked up. Call it roster “window shopping” if you will … Detroit’s opportunity to see some trade targets up close and personal.

Oddly enough, the Tigers have been scouting John Buck and acquiring him would help provide some veteran stability to their catching position. The combination of Gerald Laird and Alex Avila doesn’t exactly scream consistency for the Tigers.


Now while the Tigers may not have needed an outfielder at the beginning of last night’s game, they certainly needed one after. With Magglio Ordonez out 6-8 weeks with a fractured ankle, Jose Bautista is looking pretty good right now.

Just a heads up for the shoppers in Detroit thought … there is no bartering on the players displayed in the window. I’m sure Alex Anthopoulos will verify that the price you see is the price you get.

And if you don’t like it, then you can take your business elsewhere to Macy’s or Target.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “Window Shopping in Detroit

  • July 26, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Since I have Avila in a keeper league – it goes by years in the Majors, so he was a value pick – I'd like to see him get a shot at the full-time job in Detroit. Of course, he's doing his best to punt that, so shame! Maybe the Tigers would include him in a deal, and he could do his own Buck-impression the rest of the year, to set himself up as another trading chip for the future.

  • July 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Steve, ordinarily I'd say an organization should load up on catching prospects, but the Blue Jays already have boatloads of them. Namely J.P. Arencebia who just hit his 29th HR of the season in Triple A.

    But you know what – since the catching position is so physically demanding, it's probably not a bad idea to load up, considering other teams would always be interested in trading to get one of those prospects.

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