Found July 30, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
DETROIT -- There are few, if any, general managers as good as Dave Dombrowski at the trade deadline. The Detroit Tigers, on the eve of the 2013 deadline, have already met their biggest need, acquiring Houston Astros right-handed reliever Jose Veras to join closer Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly in the late innings. That move allows the Tigers to pick their spots for talented-but-inconsistent young relievers Bruce Rondon and Al Alburquerque. It looks as if the Tigers won't acquire a Joe Nathan or Jonathan Papelbon to close -- what with Benoit doing so well in that role. One of those acquisitions would have been huge for the team down the stretch, but probably not so great for the future. Getting such a proven performer wouldve required one or more of their top prospects: outfielders Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos and reliever Bruce Rondon. It very well couldve required brilliant lefty Smyly, as well. Castellanos, Garcia and Rondon are the first guys you get asked about,...
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