The MLB trade deadline strikes at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31. The Detroit Tigers 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:
Tigers could really use another hitter, but market isn’t promising. Looking unlikely.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) July 31, 2012
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 Reed Johnson (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.