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Tigers Pitching Options

According to sources, the Tigers are looking to make a move at the deadline for a starting pitcher. With Robertson and Bonderman both struggling, it makes sense that they would look into another long term investment. Here are a couple options:
  • Rich Harden, Athletics: Although he is oft-injured, Harden would be a great addition for the Tigers. He is 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA and is just twenty-six. The only problem with that is that it would be a big risk for the Tigers to take. They are better off trading for Joe Blanton.
  • Vicente Padilla, Rangers: Padilla has been inconsistent throughout the years, but he is 7-2 with a 3.67 ERA so far this season and has done fairly well at Comerica Park.
  • Jon Garland, Angels: Angels pitcher Jon Garland is doing fairly well for the Angels so far compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.89 ERA. He is a free agent after this season and the Angels could trade him because of their pitching depth.
  • Randy Wolf, Padres: If the Tigers are looking for a short term replacement, Wolf would be that guy. He is inexpensive and he wouldn't cost the Tigers nothing but a pair of mid level prospects.
Of course there are better options, but it would hurt the Tigers minor league system even more. One of the younger guys from the list above makes sense, or buying low on a struggling pitcher elsewhere. The Tigers don't currently have anyone dominating in the minor leagues, so a replacement down there isn't likely. Rick Porcello won't be ready probably till late next season, at the earliest.