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Why The Landscape Has Changed For The Detroit Tigers As The Trade Deadline Approaches

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08: Nick Castellanos #1 of Team USA removes hit helmet after hitting a home run during the 6th inning of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 08: Nick Castellanos #1 of Team USA removes hit helmet after hitting a home run during the 6th inning of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The Tigers, despite riding a 5-game winning streak, remain a flawed team. They will likely make some moves before the trade deadline. Is it going to be just trading for veteran players, or do they rely on some of the talent that has been rapidly emerging in the minor league system?

The biggest decision might involve Nick Castellanos, who has had a brilliant season. The idea Castellanos should automatically be kept in the minor leagues is a false one. Good progress for him this season would have been to hit .300 at high-A Lakeland as one of the youngest players in the Florida State League and move to Double-A Erie after the All-Star break, and hit in the high .200s. Instead, he batted over .400 during an extended stint at Lakeland, earned an early promotion to Double-A and, after a relatively slow start, is hitting .300 for Erie.

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