MLB.com's trade deadline central has an interesting article that discusses various rumors around the league. Not only does this article mention the Tigers as a possible trade destination for Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu (which has been discussed a lot among Tigers fans over the past few months), but also discusses the possibilities for the Nationals Alfonso Soriano - one being Detroit.
Now I don't know how much truth there is to this possibility, after all it's a rumor. We in Detroit are used to seeing big names being mentioned as possible Detroit acquisitions, only to watch them drift to other teams as they used the Tigers as a bargaining chip. I do know that there is a huge chance of Soriano being traded by Washington, and I guess it's fun to think what could happen.
This is what is mentioned when the discussion turns to what the Tigers would have to give up to get the all-star leftfielder:
According to various media reports, the Nats' price to the Yankees would include right-hander Philip Hughes and outfielder Jose Tabata. The Tigers, who also are interested, would have to part with either outfielder Cameron Maybin or pitcher Humberto Sanchez. All four appeared in the blue-chip game in Pittsburgh prior to the 77th All-Star Game.
Quite a bit. Soriano is a great player and I do feel that he would be a great addition to any lineup...but how could we be sure this would not be just a rent-a-player deal? Giving up a top prospect in all of baseball or a pitcher that could jump in and make an impact could be a huge mistake for a team that is obviously on the upswing. Sometimes you have to take chances, and a trade of either of these prospects (along with other things surely) would definitely be one.
I guess we'll have to wait and see. I don't think I'd be a big fan of this, though.