Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
If the Tigers are hoping that they'll be able to get a big return in exchange for Brandon Inge, they most likely are going to have to adjust their thinking. Not only is Inge coming off a down year in which he hit just .236 with 14 home runs, but Inge has $19 million left on his deal over the next three years. To expect a team to take on that kind of money for that kind of production, it's tough to see the Tigers getting a lot in return. While the Tigers would like to be able to fetch a solid middle reliever or setup man for Inge, the Tigers are better off just hoping for a prospect or two that can help begin to re-stock a now-depleted farm system.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
In reality, I don't think the Tigers can get much for Inge; even if they hold out until sometime closer to spring training or after the free agent period passes. Other clubs are well aware of Inge's desire to be dealt at this juncture, and I don't think that helps the Tigers case. If the Tigers are willing to assume some of his salary -- which I'm not sure they are -- there is a chance they could get an intriguing prospect back for him, but not much more. Inge is a player of limited value that is not going to appeal to every General Manager out there; limiting the Tigers options in terms of trading partners. Maybe I am underestimating Dombrowski's ability to swindle other GMs, or negotiate a promising deal, but I just don't see the scenario working out in a manner that results in the Tigers getting much of substance back for Inge.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the Tigers will have to take a wait-and-see approach with Inge. There are a few teams with needs at third base, but with Pedro Feliz still unsigned and the Cardinals looking to trade Scott Rolen, teams have a few other options before they decide to take a look at Inge. Once those two find their destinations, I think you'll see teams come back and talk to the Tigers on Inge. I don't see them getting any blue-chip prospects (if minor leaguers is the route they go) in return, but they could try and get more bullpen help as well. I think eventually Inge will get dealt to the National League for either a reliever that may have a bloated contract, or low-level prospects that could be potential diamonds in the rough. I don't see anything happening until January, but with Dave Dombrowski, if he sees a deal that he likes, he'll take it.
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