The Tigers offense is limping, and the clock was ticking.

But in the end, baseball's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline expired with Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski sticking with his roster, despite plenty of conversations with rival executives in recent days.

Dombrowski told The News this past weekend in Toronto that he didn't expect a major deal; in the end, there was no deal.

No Reed Johnson, no Scott Hairston, no Alfonso Soriano.

Those were three names linked in recent days to the Tigers, who desperately are craving a right-handed bat. But Johnson was traded, instead, to the Braves, and Hairston (Mets) and Soriano (Cubs) weren't dealt at all.