The Tigers fortunes have changed in the series with the White Sox winning the first three, but it's clear the Tigers need to get some help for slugger Miguel Cabrera in the lineup. Many have tried (Clete Thomas, Marcus Thames, Brandon Inge, and Magglio Ordonez), but they all didn't offer the type of protection a hitter like Cabrera needs.
The Tigers are in first place by three games ahead of the White Sox, and the dangerous Minnesota Twins are only five games away. The Tigers can't keep relying on four runs to win them a game with the offense ready to sputter at any moment. That's why they need to acquire a bat.
Meanwhile, the Nationals sit 40 games under .500, and 27.5 games out of first. Pretty much aiming for next year, which is why a majority of their players are out and available.
If I were Mike Rizzo, I would call up the Tigers and ask for one of Detroits' many minor league arms in exchange for a hitter that won't be in the Nationals future. Here are a list of players in which Dombroski should talk to Rizzo about.
Adam Dunn: I usually would be opposed to bring a left-handed power hitter to Comerica and the long RF, but in Dunn's case he could hit it out of just about everywhere with authority. Right now the Tigers are stuck with pretty much a poor man's Adam Dunn in Marcus Thames, we need more then that. The Tigers haven't had a huge power hitter since the days Cecil Fielder was roaming Tiger Stadium.
I expect Guillen to make a full recovery soon enough to start playing regularly in LF while we let the poor-fielding Dunn play DH. Dunn also has a OBP of .404 and is on pace for 40 homers. Plop him in the four spot and you can't pitch around Cabrera anymore. Dunn would be my No. 1 option if I were the Tigers. Probably could entice the Nationals with an offer including Cody Satterwhite.
Josh Willingham: Would be a cheaper option if the Tigers were to look for one. He would be a nice "start a couple games a week" guy like Clete Thomas and Ryan Raburn, but he is not an everyday starter. He can provide some pop, steal a few bases, and hit for average. A solid player that would be a nice fit in Comerica, because 18 of his 62 hits are doubles, and in Comerica he could have some fun with the gaps.
Nick Johnson: If we don't acquire Dunn, Johnson would be a great fit for DH/1B. He could give Miggy an occasional rest from playing the field and still be put in the middle of the lineup and produce. He could be our "Sean Casey" of this year. A good clubhouse guy who can hit, but not for extreme power. Johnson would be more expensive then Willingham and potentially more expensive then Dunn. Which could turn the Tigers away.
Willie Harris: I know, he can barely hit and I said the Tigers need a bat, but Harris could give us an element of speed and good fielding since the Josh Anderson experience didn't quite work out. Just a thought.
So there you have it, now get it done Tigers. Any of those players, please.
As Damon Jones once said, “We've been like that all season long, very inconsistent.” That's pretty much the same thing for the Tigers offense.