The Detroit Tigers are struggling right now. After last night's worse-than-the-score-indicates 9-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Tigers' record stands at 39-38. They are just one game above .500 after starting the season 11-2, and have fallen six games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.
However, despite their struggles, the Tigers are still in the thick of the American League playoff picture. They are just 1 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card spot, and recent "additions" Victor Martinez and Justin Verlander could provide a yet unseen boost to a roster that is more talented than their record suggests. Barring a big collapse, the Tigers will likely be buyers at the MLB trade deadline.
What will they do, though? The weeks leading up to the trade deadline are among the most exciting of baseball's regular season, and the Tigers have been quite aggressive in recent years. President and general manager Dave Dombrowski has never been shy about shaking up his roster midseason, and is constantly tinkering in hopes of improving the Tigers' roster for a stretch run.
There aren't many sellers out there this year, but the shopping list is still impressive. Johnny Cueto, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija, Clay Buchholz, and Cole Hamels are all potentially on the block, and those are just the starting pitchers.
What will the Tigers do at the trade deadline? Will they buy or sell? Who will they get? Leave your predictions in the comments.