The wait is over. Two days before the trade deadline and the Tigers finally announce their plan for the remainder of the season.
They are officially sellers. They announced Price, Cespedes, Soria, and other soon to be free agents are available.
Here's to hoping we can get some good pieces for Price and Cespedes. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
According to multiple reports, Dave Dombrowski, with owner Mike Illitch's approval, will move to trade David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and possibly Rajai Davis and Alex Avila.
USA Today article (HERE)
The Tigers, barring a veto from owner Mike Ilitch, are going to surrender and be sellers within the next 10 days at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. For the first time since 2008, the Tigers have no choice but to inform teams that two of their marquee commodities will be dealt by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Tigers, according to several people inside and outside the organization familiar with their strategy, plan to put ace David Price and power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the trade market.
Detroit News article (HERE)
The Tigers are in a unique position in that they have six free-agents-to-be — including two elite ones in ace David Price and slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Closer Joakim Soria is a shade below. They also have three pieces that could help the right contender in Rajai Davis, Alex Avila and Alfredo Simon. The market this year is as rich with buyers as ever, and the Tigers are the seller with the most appealing inventory.
To my fellow Tigers fans on this blog: this would suck. They also have Max Scherzer predicted to go to the Yankees, which isn't too much of a surprise but losing Victor Martinez would really cause this team to fall in the American League. Here is the rest of the top ranked free agents and where they are predicted to land:
Chen takes on Verlander today. First pitch is supposed to be at 1207. Hopefully the 'Gers can even up the series today.