Detroit Tigers Trade Deadline Watch: Could Carlos Lee Be an Option?

The strikes at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31. The already made a big move ahead of the non-waiver cutoff point by dealing pitching prospect Jacob Turner as part of a deal for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. But will Detroit make another trade as it tries to make a run in the AL Central? We’re tracking all the rumors right here …

July 31, 1:30: The Marlins, reportedly, are shopping outfielder Carlos Lee — whom they just traded for about two weeks ago — and his right-handed bat could be a boost for Detroit. Lee’s six homers and 41 RBI are well off his usual totals, but he’s batting .284 with a .348 OBP and could DH or slide to one of the corner outfield spots.

July 31, 10:30: From national baseball guru Danny Knobler:

July 31, 9:30 a.m.: Extremely quiet out of the Tigers’ camp so far today — though it’s worth pointing out that the Delmon Young trade, which helped spark Detroit’s run late last year, did not occur until after the non-waiver deadline passed. Jim Leyland said Monday that he figured the Tigers were done dealing, but his team’s lack of offense could (should?) change minds.

July 30, 11 p.m.: The Tigers were said to be in the market for another right-handed bat, and one of the remaining possibilities came off the board late Monday night when the Cubs reportedly dealt outfielder (and pitcher Paul Maholm) to the Braves. Johnson has a .307 average in 166 at-bats this season and has a .333 split against lefties.

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