The 2016 MLB non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching, and Detroit Tigers sit two games out of a Wild Card spot, as of Saturday morning. They are playing too well to be sellers again, and they don't have any veteran talent to sell anyway. But with J.D. Martinez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Daniel Norris all set to return soon, and the payroll completely maxed out, general manager Al Avila has stated that they most likely won't be big buyers either. It appears as though the Tigers intend to stand pat at this season's deadline, or maybe add a minor piece or two.
That said, Al Avila is still Dave Dombrowski's protégé, and Dombrowski never saw a blockbuster trade he didn't like. Keep in mind that Avila was a key component of the front office that executed deadline deals involving Jhonny Peralta, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Jose Iglesias, David Price (twice), Joakim Soria (twice), and Yoenis Cespedes. Avila and company seem to have constructed a two-year plan, and they appear to be willing to stick to it through the season. But it's difficult for Tigers fans to take appearances at face value.
The hot stove has been room temperature at best on the Tigers front. They were reportedly interested in Brewers catcher Jonathon Lucroy, until they reportedly weren't. Other than that, the rumors have been slow and uninspiring. But if Avila is anything like his mentor, the public won't sniff a move until it's minutes from being a done deal.
Either way, follow along with all the Tigers trade rumors in here. If you see a rumor on Twitter or elsewhere, feel free to post it for us. We need something to talk about, after all. This thread will remain open through the deadline, so it will be your one-stop shop for all the breaking news.