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Tigers have “Great Interest” in acquiring Adam Dunn

Updated 4:45- Alex DiFilippo of MLB.COM wrote today that while Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is interested in a deal for Adam Dunn, he is not looking to trade away major blue-chip prospects.

Dombrowski said: “Other clubs look at us and say, ‘Well, they are desperate so maybe they will trade us Oliver and Turner. Well we aren’t. I’m not meaning to say that anyone is untouchable. I’m not going to give away blue-chip young players for a guy for two months. It just doesn’t make sense. Will we be active in talking to people? Yes. If there is a deal that we think can be made that can help us, will we? Yes. Are we going to mortgage our future? No.”

4:26 - Bill Ladson of MLB.COM tweeted today that following the injury of Magglio Ordonez, the Detroit Tigers now have ‘great interest’ in Adam Dunn as a replacement middle of the order bat.

Ordonez had been a big part of the Tigers offense this season as the slugger was having a comeback year. The 36-year-old was batting .303/.378/.474 with 12 homers and 59 RBI on the season so far. Ordonez suffered a broken ankle and will be out 6-8 weeks for the Tigers who are currently in the playoff hunt in the American League Central.

Analysis:

Mike Rizzo has said over and over that the Nationals would need to be blown away by an offer in order to trade their top slugger. A team looking to improve, such as the White Sox, may not be willing to give up what it takes to “blow away” Rizzo, however a team looking to stay in the picture very well may trade away big pieces of their future just to save their season…

The combination of Miguel Cabrera and Adam Dunn could certainly not only save the Tigers season, who currently are 2.5 games out of first place in their division, but it could help push them over the top and make them a World Series contender. A combination of two hitters of that magnitude would certainly be a force to be reckoned with, especially since they both represent threats from opposite sides of the plate. It could also help Cabrera secure his first MVP award.

On top of what the move could do for the Tigers, the Detroit front office might be tempted to make it happen because it would stop the White Sox from acquiring Dunn themselves. Until now, Chicago had been making the strongest bid at the Nationals first baseman.

Hopefully, the sudden interest by the Tigers means the two clubs will get in a bidding war.

Rizzo has stated that he still puts a premium on young pitching, and the Tigers have four top pitching prospects in Jacob Turner, Casey Crosby, Andy Oliver, and Daniel Schlereth.

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