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Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers have been all talk, no action at MLB trade deadline

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The Royals, Blue Jays, Angels and Nationals strengthen their teams while the Tigers continue to stand pat and lose ground in Wild Card standings.

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The MLB trade deadline is just over 48 hours away, and Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski continues the waiting game. The Tigers have lost five of their last six games, including two of three against the last-place Boston Red Sox. Tuesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays dropped the Tigers to four games below .500 (48-52) and into fourth place in the Central Division as the Chicago White Sox (48-50) have leapfrogged them.

The Tigers are still 4 1/2 games back of the second American League wild card spot, but have four teams sitting between them and the Minnesota Twins. Last we heard, Dombrowski was still planning on contending for a playoff spot, however nothing happened after a 20-minute closed clubhouse meeting following Monday night's game. The Tigers continued to do nothing all day on Tuesday as the following trades occurred around them.

The latest rumor from the #TeamBuy camp is that the Tigers are interested in Reds' starting pitcher Mike Leake. The math shows that the Tigers have to play around .600 ball to make the playoffs, however Lynn Henning believes in the future of the Tigers because of Dave Dombrowski's track record, whether it is #TeamBuy or #TeamSell.

Lobstein confident he’ll be back this year - Detroit Free Press, Anthony Fenech
While Tiger fans are sick of seeing Curt Casali hitting home runs, the guy that he was traded for, Kyle Lobstein is making strides to return from the disabled list this year.

Miguel Cabrera progressing well with injury - MLB.com, Jason Beck
When the injury was first announced, the prognosis was six to eight weeks. It looks like Miggy will be on the short side of that time frame.

Baseball Hall of Fame makes major change to voting and it's a home run - Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports, Mike Oz
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that they are taking away voting right from Baseball Writers Association of America who haven't actively covered baseball in 10 years.

Who'€™s the closest current pitcher to vintage Pedro? - FOX Sports, Owen Watson
Spoiler alert: it's Mets' starter Jacob deGrom.

The Best Get Better: Royals Nab Zobrist from Oakland - FanGraphs Baseball, Eno Sarris
The Royals are doing what the Tigers have done for years, trading young arms to improve their biggest weaknesses.

Twins take page from visiting Pirates, embrace geek squad - TwinCities.com, Mike Berardino
Interesting article on how the Twins are embracing advanced metrics by taking advice from a book written by Pirates beat writer Travis Sawchik. Twins are currently in second place in the AL Central and the 2nd Wild Card team in the Wild Card standings.

What factors best predict the variance of ERA-FIP among starting pitchers? - Beyond the Boxscore, Matt Jackson
For those Sabermetric fans out there that like to know the intricacies of advanced metrics, this case fielding independent pitching.