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Tigers take deliberate approach to Deadline

Club fielding interest from other teams on Wilson, Avila
MLB.com @beckjason

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers' Trade Deadline selloff took a pause Wednesday. There were no hugs in the dugout, which might be a good thing, given temperatures nearing triple digits at Kauffman Stadium. But the Tigers' front office remained hard at work on talks to move some of their veterans ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We're still in conversation with other clubs on several players," general manager Al Avila said Tuesday night. "So we'll just have to take it a day at a time."

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KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers' Trade Deadline selloff took a pause Wednesday. There were no hugs in the dugout, which might be a good thing, given temperatures nearing triple digits at Kauffman Stadium. But the Tigers' front office remained hard at work on talks to move some of their veterans ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We're still in conversation with other clubs on several players," general manager Al Avila said Tuesday night. "So we'll just have to take it a day at a time."

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The Tigers moved quickly with J.D. Martinez to get a jump on the market, sensing the surprisingly limited interest he was drawing was not going to grow as the Deadline neared. If anything, the Tigers had to be wary of other teams flooding the market with outfielders.

That is not expected to be a problem with reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila, the two remaining Tigers most likely to be dealt. The market for Wilson is said to be robust and growing, and is believed to include teams on the fringe of contention, rather than in the thick of the race. The Nationals remain interested, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, even after acquiring Sean Doolittle from Oakland last weekend. The Rays have also shown interest, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported Monday.

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Wilson isn't a free agent until after next season. That extra year of control makes him more appealing -- and potentially worth more in prospects -- than a two-month rental.

Wilson, Pittsburgh's Tony Watson and San Diego's Brad Hand have become the top left-handed relievers on the market. Wilson is older and closer to free agency than Hand, but Wilson's closing experience is a bonus, even for teams that don't need a closer. Watson has closed for Pittsburgh for parts of the last two seasons, but is eligible for free agency at season's end.

Given the supply and demand, there's plenty of reason for the Tigers to let the market play out and hope bidding drives up the price near the Deadline, something that never happened with Martinez and wasn't expected to, unless an injury occurred somewhere.

The market for Avila is expected to be more specialized. The Cubs have been in touch with the Tigers about him, Morosi reported this week.

Quick hits

• The Tigers are expected to give Matthew Boyd another turn in the rotation, starting him Sunday at Minnesota in place of Daniel Norris. While Boyd overcame a three-run first inning to salvage a quality start and a win in his last start, Norris struggled in his rehab start for Triple-A Toledo at Pawtucket, battling command on his way to four earned runs on three hits over three innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

Jim Adduci rejoined the Tigers on Wednesday, arriving at Kauffman Stadium in time for batting practice and starting in right field. Manager Brad Ausmus said he expects to use some combination of Adduci, Mikie Mahtook and Alex Presley in right and center field.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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