The Tigers are desperate for bullpen help. But are they desperate enough to trade with a division rival? Glen Perkins has gone from mediocre starter to top-tier closer for the Minnesota Twins. In a year when closers are at a premium, plenty of teams will be ringing the phones at Target field.
But what about the Tigers. They are in the market for bullpen help but are they looking for a closer or 7th/8th inning help. If they want a closer, Glen Perkins is a good option for the Tigers. “Perk” is having a great season with 21 saves and a 1.82 ERA. He would certainly provide consistency for the Tigers in the 9th. If Perkins came to mo-town then Jim Leyland could move Benoit back to the 8th innings and hand the ball to Perkins in the ninth, effectively plugging two holes at once.
But what would is cost a division rival to trade for a hot commodity.
Minnesota would be looking for a prospect for Glen Perkins. Either Castellanos or Rondon would have to be included in the deal. Rick Porcello may also be attractive for the Twins. Porcello has been inconsistent but he is young (22) and has shown big improvement this year. That said, if the Tigers were to trade Rick Porcello it would be in compliment to another trade for another starter.
Whether they trade is for a prospect or a veteran pitcher, trading with a division rival is risky because the affects of the trade could be felt by either team for subsequent seasons. But desperate times call for desperate measures. There is small window to win a world series and that window is open now.
When it comes down to it if the Detroit Tigers could trade Nick Castellanos or Bruce Rondon for a better chance at winning the World Series they would.