Two of the team's stars, starter David Price and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, will be free agents at the end of the 2015 season, and they are both expected to be on the trading block as the July 31 deadline approaches.
Detroit is currently 46–46 and 9 1/2 games behind the division-leading Kansas City Royals in the AL Central, but the Tigers are just four games out of a Wild Card slot, leading general manager Dave Dombrowski to say it is still to early to decide if his team will make a run this season.
“At this point,” Dombrowski said, “our focus is trying to win right now. We're trying to do everything we can to qualify for the playoffs. Things can turn dramatically over a 10-game period. But you have to play well, at some point, on a consistent basis.
”We're at a point where we have to do what's best in our heart for the franchise.”
Detroit acquired Price at last year's trade deadline in a three-way deal that sent outfielder Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners and a pair of players—pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop prospect Willy Adames—to the Tampa Bay Rays. The team obtained Cespedes as part of an off-season trade that sent pitcher Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox.