By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers offense has looked sluggish recently, and general manager Dave Dombrowski has reportedly been searching for players whom the Tigers could acquire to inject some life into their lineup.
“The Tigers’ six through nine hitters look rather vulnerable now that J.D. Martinez has cooled off, and the team has kicked around a trade for a hitter,” Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal said. “The problem is few quality bats will be available to the Tigers in the waiver process, and there also is no obvious position for the team to upgrade. The Tigers are pretty much set in the outfield, and their rookies on the left side of the infield, Eugenio Suarez and Nick Castellanos, are performing right around the league average.
“One thing that would help the Tigers – Miguel Cabrera improving upon his .881 OPS, his lowest since 2008,” Rosenthal added.
Cabrera recorded an OPS of 1.078 in 2013, an OPS of .999 in 2012, an OPS of 1.033 in 2011 and an OPS of 1.042 in 2010. His totalsin 2012 and 2013 were in the highest in the American League.
With Cabrera – still hitting .304 with 84 RBIs – off his usual otherworldly pace, Detroit’s offense has struggled.
The Tigers scored just two runs in three games July 25 to 27, when Detroit was swept by the Los Angeles Angels. The Tigers scored just six runs in a four-game series against the New York Yankees from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7.
Sunday the Tigers scored five runs in the first four innings but failed to score again throughout the remainder of what turned into a 19-inning game.
The waiver trade deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31.