Tigers Rumors: Targeting Offense over Pitching

Jun 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman Marco Scutaro (19) reacts after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Nationals in 11 innings, 11-10. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Tigers are placing a "greater emphasis" on acquiring an offensive upgrade than pitching help, a source has told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

A second baseman (Marco Scutaro?) is perhaps the team’s greatest priority, but the team also could explore deals for a corner outfielder, back-end starter and bullpen arm, the executive said.

Though the Tigers have been tied to pitchers like Matt Garza in recent weeks, offense now appears to be their top priority. Rosenthal speculates that the club could trade away a second-tier prospect and under-performers like Ryan Raburn or Brennan Boesch for an established hitter.

Second base is the Tigers' greatest need ---the team is hitting .198/.274/.271 at the position---but general manager Dan Dombrowski fears the market may be too thin to be worth their while. The Tigers were reportedly targeting Cubs' second baseman Darwin Barney a few weeks ago but talks went nowhere, likely leaving the Phillies' Mike Fontenot and the Rockies' Marco Scutaro as the only viable second basemen readily available on the trade market.

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Would the Tigers be better off with Scutaro or Fontenot?

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