Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/31/12

It is never too early to start talking about the trade deadline, especially when we can talk about would-be contenders that might unexpectedly end up being sellers rather than buyers at the deadline. Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at many of these such teams, and there is a surprisingly large amount, and what exactly they might be looking to sell if they don't turn around their season in a hurry.

The Detroit Tigers were supposed to cruise to the AL Central title this year with many experts predicting 100+ wins for the team since they were so clearly the class of a weak division. As of right now, the Tigers are now "the class" of the division resides in third place and four games under .500

So, what can the Tigers potentially offer to the rest of the league?

Big Chips: Jose Valverde

Coming off a 2011 campaign in which he was perfect on all his save opportunities, Jose Valverde has been something of a disappointment this year with a 4.66 ERA. Still, he has a strong track record of being a proverbial "capital C" closer. Given that about half the teams in the league have had to replace their closer for one reason or another, that could make Valverde a hot commodity, even if he isn't usually lumped in as one of the elite closers in the game. The fact that he is a rental will bring his price tage down a bit, but teams have been known to pay premium prices, making Valverde their best trade asset if they want to infuse this team with some young talent.

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