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Posted on: 08-02-2016

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    The MLB non-waiver trading
deadline passed at 4pm/ET on
Monday and the Tigers, as
advertised by VP/GM Al Avila,
stood pat.

    That means they lost.

    AL-Central leading Cleveland
was able to secure late-inning
reliever Andrew Miller from the
NY Yankees on Sunday and reserve
OF Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay
Monday in exchange for a half
dozen prospects.

    That the Tigers weren't able to
obtain even a much-needed fifth
starter like LHP Hector Santiago (a
player Detroit was interested in and
who was instead traded from the LA Angels to Minnesota Twins), is
an indictment of the Detroit farm system.

    The only Detroit owned players other teams inquired about
were RHPs Michael Fulmer and Joe Jimenez or LHPs Daniel Norris
and Matt Boyd.  Three of those four pitchers (all but Jimenez)
are not products of Detroit drafting.  The other trio was obtained
by former team Prez/GM Dave Dombrowski at last year's trading
deadline when the Tigers were sellers.

    And where would the Tigers be without the contributions of
Fulmer, Norris and Boyd this season?

    Nobody else wanted INF Dixon Machado or OF Steven Moya, both
at 3A Toledo after less than impressive Detroit trials.

    Still, the barren Bengal farm system is Dombrowski's rather than
Avila's fault.  Poor drafting was common for more than a decade
under Dombrowski's reign.  Meantime, first lieutenant Avila was
praised for stocking the Mud Hens year after year with five year minor
league free agents who had matured in other organizations.

    You can and should fault Avila for poor off-season acquisitions
like RHPs Mike Pelfrey and Mark Lowe and utilityman Mike Aviles
during his first winter as Tiger General Manager.

    But don't blame Avila for doing nothing at this year's dealing
deadline.  He had no cards to play.




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