Both of these teams were speculated to be sellers on Monday with the trade deadline just 10 days away. The Padres are reported to make pitchers James Shields and Craig Kimbrel, along with outfielder Justin Upton available. Both pitchers are expected to be traded before the deadline, while San Diego has been in talks with the Baltimore Orioles regarding Upton.
Many pitchers are expected to be made available this year, so the Padres may not receive too much for the starter or the closer, whom they both signed last offseason. Upton was an All-Star in his first year with the club, but many believe his time with the Padres will be short-lived.
The Tigers got off to a red-hot start to the season, but inconsistent starting pitching and the Miguel Cabrera injury has knocked them down in the standings. They are well below expectations, but instead of making moves to put them back in the race, they are expected to sell for the future.
Starter David Price and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes are expected to be made available, both of which are in their first full season with the team and are free agents after the season. Price recorded the win in this year's All-Star Game and Cespedes had the numbers to be there, but was held out.
Some are speculating that the Tiger have made the two stars available to get even more help, rather than losing them for nothing in free agency. President/GM Dave Dombrowski has not tipped his hand on any deadline plans.
The Tigers acquired the 29 year-old starter at last year's trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up the likes of Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly in a three-team deal involving the Mariners. They gave up Rick Porcello in December for Cespedes in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The Tigers have won the AL Central title four consecutive seasons, but are well behind the Kansas City Royals in that race. Now the decision is whether they get help to make a run this season, or make moves with their minds on next season.