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ESPN’s Bowden: Tigers should be buyers

The Detroit News

Apparently, losing two out of three to the team with the worst record in the American League isn’t reason enough to look to next season.

The Tigers, ESPN insider Jim Bowden says, should be buyers.

On Monday, Bowden tackled each team’s stance as the trade deadline approaches Friday (pay site), and he has the Tigers looking to make moves to stay in the race.

The Tigers are coming off an 11-1 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday night, but remain just four games out of the second wild-card spot in a jumbled American League race.

“Perhaps their best long-term solution would be to trade both David Price and Yoenis Cespedes now,” wrote Bowden, a former general manager with the Reds and Nationals, “but the fact that they’re only four games out of a wild-card spot makes it tough for me to believe they’ll sell. There’s plenty of time left in the season, and if they bring home a wild-card spot, they’ll have Price to pitch the wild-card game and a lineup that can beat October pitching.

“That was what my gut said — and Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski personally backed that assertion with me Sunday night, saying the team will continue to try and win. Expect them to continue their pursuit of a starting pitcher and a reliever.”

Though they lost two of three and scored seven runs combined against the Red Sox, who entered the series with the AL’s worst record, the Tigers could make a move in the wild-card race starting Monday with their game at the Rays to open a three-game series.

Like the Tigers, the Rays also are just four games behind the Twins for the second wild-card spot, through Detroit and Tampa also are trailing Toronto (three behind Minnesota) and Baltimore (31/2 games behind), with Texas (41/2 games behind) and Chicago (five games behind) on their heels.