The Tigers have inquired on the trade availability of Rockies' closer John Axford, according to a report from Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Morosi notes that it is far from certain that the Tigers will be buyers at the trade deadline, though they will almost certainly pursue bullpen help if they do add pieces.
Axford is one of many closers available on the trade market this summer, joining Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), and Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers). He may also draw interest from teams like the Blue Jays and Red Sox, who are known to be looking for bullpen help. The 32-year old has been very solid for Colorado this year, posting a 2.36 ERA while saving sixteen games in 29 appearances. He is under contract for next season, meaning that he will not be just a rental for teams looking to trade for him.
The Tigers added a piece to their bullpen by signing Neftali Feliz last week, but could become more aggressive in the relief market if they decide that they will try to be buyers this year. Though Joakim Soria has been average for the team all year, other pieces like Bruce Rondon have struggled, leading the Tigers to begin what seems like an annual search for bullpen upgrades.