Tigers preparing for offseason fire sale

Could Tigers stars Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera be playing elsewhere next year? AP Photo/Duane Burleson

It would be a stretch to compare the Detroit Tigers to a used-car dealership, with all of the merchandise priced to sell and a concerted effort to clear the lot of all of the big-ticket items.

But the message being received from the rest of the industry is a dramatic shift for one of baseball's oldest franchises: They will listen to trade offers on everybody.

Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander. Ian Kinsler.


Now, there's a big difference between listening to offers and executing trades, and even if some team stepped up and dangled a suitable package for one of the Tigers' bigger stars, that doesn't necessarily mean Detroit would finish the deal, especially after years of conditioning its fan base to expect big-money teams with big names.