Detroit is in the rare position of clarity, and it’s time for the Tigers to make some trades to get younger and better.
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Detroit enters the second half eight games behind Cleveland in the AL Central division with Kansas City and Minnesota in between them and first place. That’s not a great spot to be in. Though eight games can be overcome, it’s certainly not likely.

Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs both agree the Tigers have a 0.9 percent chance of winning the division. One percent seems low, but if you think about it, how many times does a team come down from eight back at the break to win a division title? One out of 100 seems about right, and if you think about it from that standpoint, perhaps 1 percent is even a tad high (thus the 0.9 percent number).

Authentic Ryan Griffin Jersey Yes, he plays for the rival the Rays are competing with in both the AL East and in the wild-card race. So, yeah, that’s a damper on any potential deal. Of course. Probably makes it a non-starter. But here’s a truth: If any team in baseball would be willing to make some deal like this happen — trading a rental star to a rival for a long-term asset — it’s the Rays, right? Morrison has 26 home runs and, as a left-handed hitter, seems ideally suited for Yankee Stadium. If the Yankees would part with a top prospect for Morrison’s services, the Rays would probably jump at the deal. But, honestly, that’s probably the biggest problem here: The Yankees wouldn’t want to see one of their former prospects starring for the Rays for the next six or seven seasons.

Since coming to NorCal from the N-O, Hield has began to return to the form that helped him average 25 points per game and propel Oklahoma to the Final Four as a senior on his way to earning SN’s 2015-16 College Basketball Player of the Year Award.