Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Sunday he won’t trade top prospects — specifically, pitchers Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner — to fill holes created by the team’s recent injuries.
"Other clubs look at us and say, ‘Well, they are desperate so maybe they will trade us Oliver and Turner,’ " Dombrowski told MLB.com. "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."
Detroit lost right fielder Magglio Ordonez (broken ankle) and second baseman Carlos Guillen (calf strain) on Saturday and third baseman Brandon Inge (broken hand) earlier in the week. The team also is without reliever Joel Zumaya (broken elbow). The Tigers are third in the AL Central, 2 1/2 games behind the White Sox pending the second game of Detroit’s doubleheader with Toronto.
Rumors surfaced Sunday that the Tigers are looking at Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn, while reports Saturday said Detroit may have interest in Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell as a fill-in for Inge.