Dombrowski holds solid record at trade deadline

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

The Tigers are running out of time to decide if they'll be buyers or sellers this season.

It's quite the dilemma, as the American League Central race might be all but lost after they fell eighth games back of the Royals on Friday night, following an unbelievable 8-6 loss to the Twins.

That said, the Tigers remain within striking distance for one of the wild cards.

What will the Tigers decide?

It's too early to tell.

But this much is certain: Regardless if they're buyers or sellers, Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski is going to make a significant move this month.

With that in mind, here's a look at Dombrowski's nine-best July trades with the Tigers — and his worst.

NINE BEST

1. July 31, 2014 — In a move that stunned the baseball world, the Tigers picked up ace David Price from the Rays, though the price was steep, costing them Austin Jackson (to the Mariners) and Drew Smyly and Willy Adames (to the Rays). It was worth it, as Price pitched a gem on the last day of the regular season to win the Tigers their fourth consecutive AL Central title.

Tigers pitcher David Price

2. July 30, 2011 — This wasn't seen as a major splash at the time, as most folks didn't know much about Doug Fister, traded from the Mariners. The Tigers gave up prospects — one of which, Charlie Furbush, remains a staple in Seattle's bullpen — but Detroit got an 8-1/1.79 ERA from Fister the rest of 2011, and then two more great seasons before he was dealt to Washington.

3. July 23, 2012 — This was the last fleecing of the Marlins, when the Tigers acquired Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante in exchange for three prospects, none of which remained with Miami beyond November 2014. Sanchez and Infante were huge in getting the Tigers to the World Series in 2012, and Sanchez claimed the ERA crown (2.57) the following year.

4. July 30, 2013 — At the time, this wasn't seen as a great move for the Tigers, but a move necessitated by the 50 games Jhonny Peralta was suspended for PED use. In a three-way trade, the Tigers got a young shortstop named Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox in exchange for young outfielder Avisail Garcia (to the White Sox). Iglesias has become one of the top shortstops in MLB.

5. July 28, 2010 — This was an interesting one, a move that really wasn't seen as much for a Tigers team out of contention. They acquired veteran shortstop Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for minor-league pitcher Giovanni Soto. Peralta homered twice in his debut, kicking off a fine, three-and-a-half-year Tigers tenure that included two All-Star nods before his suspension.

Jhonny Peralta

6. July 23, 2014 — The Tigers needed bullpen help and they went out and traded for the consensus best reliever available in Joakim Soria from the Rangers, who netted top pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Injuries and a lack of a role made Soria a bust in 2014, but an option allowed the Tigers to bring him back for 2015, when he took over as closer from Joe Nathan.

7. July 5, 2002 — This was probably Dave Dombrowski's first major trade during his Tigers tenure, and it wasn't a popular one at the time, when he dealt Jeff Weaver to the Yankees for unknowns Carlos Pena and Jeremy Bonderman from the A's. Bonderman would be rushed to the major leagues, but eventually would become a significant part of the 2006 World Series rotation.

8. July 31, 2006 — Stunningly in playoff contention for the first time in more than a decade, the Tigers needed a first baseman after Chris Shelton fizzled following his red-hot start. They settled on veteran Sean Casey from the Pirates, and while his power was a thing of the past, he was a great clubhouse presence and a huge bat that postseason, when he hit .432 in the three series.

Sean Casey

9. July 29, 2013 — Surprise, surprise, the Tigers were looking for bullpen help, and they got some from the Astros in veteran Jose Veras, who cost a couple of prospects, neither who's made the majors yet (pitcher David Paulino is doing well in Single A). Veras did decent work down the stretch, though all fans will remember is the grand slam he allowed in the ALCS.

ONE WORST

1. July 31, 2009 -- Let's be honest, your ratio is pretty good when nine trades work out to every one that doesn't. This one was a total bust, acquiring veteran starter Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners for prospects. A lot of teams wanted Washburn, who was off to a hot start, and the Tigers got him. He made eight starts and was rocked for 12 homers, and hasn't pitched since.

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