Faced with discouraging news on Victor Martinez's rehabilitation from knee surgery, the Tigersare trying to acquire another middle-of-the-order right-handed hitter.
The prospects for getting one don't seem to be great. But the Tigers are looking hard, in part because Delmon Young hasn't been as good as they had hoped hitting behind Prince Fielder, and in part because the prospects of a Martinez return are looking far less likely.
As Knobler notes, the chances of the Tigers finding such a bat aren’t great, as the market for impact hitters is nearly non-existent. Some of the largest names expected to be available this summer have already been moved, as the Philadelphia Phillies have traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino and the Miami Marlins have traded Hanley Ramirez.
Knobler also says the Tigers have considered Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano as the additional right-handed bat, but at the time don’t consider him to be a great fit. They have also talked to the New York Mets about Scott Hairston.
Do the Tigers need to add an impact bat?