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Detroit Tigers: Buying Low as a Trade Strategy

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Jul 9, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (center) reacts to a win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Detroit defeated Toronto 3-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 9, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (center) reacts to a win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Detroit defeated Toronto 3-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila is in a difficult situation. The Tigers are in contention, but also need to build for the future. One strategy Avila and the Tigers should consider is buying low.

Detroit Tigers players are just 6.5 games back of Cleveland for the lead in the American League Central. Things would have been much different had the Tigers not lost 11 games to their rivals. However, there’s plenty of time to make up for it in the second half.

J.D. Martinez will provide the team a significant boost when he returns from injury, but even with the outfielder back in the fold, the Tigers have needs.

Martinez’ return, which should push Steven Moya to the bench, could solve the need for another bench bat. However, needs persists. Avila’s team could also use an extra reliever and a starting pitcher or two.

While there are a number of potential moves that can help the team in the present and future, the Tigers should also look to buy low on some players at the deadline. Detroit should target players who’ve found success in the past, but are struggling this season.

The strategy could prove to be beneficial for Detroit, as each trade would be provide little risk and a potentially high reward. Here are some buy-low candidates the team should target.

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