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Tigers trade rumors: Team is still in 'buy mode' for now

The Tigers' stance at the trade deadline might be directly tied to their series against the Rays.

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According to Jon Morosi, David Price's fate could hinge on the outcome of the Tigers' series against Tampa Bay.

Price is highly sought after on the trade market, and if the Tigers choose to make him available, they'd have more than a few prospect packages thrown their way. The team is currently 48-50,  and in their last ten games, they've gone 4-6. Detroit is 11.5 games out of first in the AL Central, but are just four games back of the second Wild Card.

Two teams from the NL West, the Dodgers and Giants, have both expressed interest in the lefty, but the latter might not be comfortable with the prospects it would take to acquire Price.  While it's unclear what team would be the favorite to get Price, or even if he'll be traded, his agent, Bo McKinnis "told MLB Network Radio that he is not optimistic that Price will remain in Detroit after the deadline".

The Tigers don't have much time to make a decision on where they stand at the deadline, and they'll need to commit to a plan quickly. The deadline is this Friday, and their series with the Rays ends on Wednesday. If Price is ultimately made available, there won't be much time to negotiate, and teams will need to be ready with their offers.