The Tigers are a nicely equipped team sturdy enough in early March to win a division title and maybe hang around deep into October.

Of course, if you care to discuss a trade, Dave Dombrowski will be sure to return your call. Probably in seconds.

Dombrowski, the Tigers front office chief, often mentions there are no perfect teams. And as confirmation, we offer a Tigers roster that has soft spots in the bullpen, and in the infield, where Detroit's defense is less than polished.

The Tigers have good players to trade. A handful of teams have emergencies that might be answered by Detroit's excess talent: Rick Porcello, Brennan Boesch, Avisail Garcia, catching prospects, etc.

But notice something about this year's trade market. It's upside down.

Kyle Lohse, who was 16-3 a year ago with a 2.86 ERA, is without a job. Most teams could use another good starter. And all of those teams have thus far said no to Lohse because it will mean forfeiting a first-round draft pick teams have increasingly come to value.

Michael Bourn, a talented center fielder who was supposed to have been scooped up in a hurry, hung around as a free agent until the start of camp when Cleveland signed him.

And so Dombrowski waits. And waits. He has six healthy, skilled starting pitchers for five chairs in Jim Leyland's rotation. Porcello has been all but advertised by the Tigers as the guy they believe is the best pitcher to trade in terms of market value and their specific top-to-bottom rotation attributes.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130308/OPINION03/303080377#ixzz2Mxex8ZvB