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Leyland not expecting any more deals

BOSTON -- By now, manager Jim Leyland's statement that he doesn't expect a trade to happen has become almost a standard line. When he says it with less than 24 hours to go before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, though, he seemingly has a very good chance of being spot-on.

"We made our deal," Leyland said Monday. "Our boss went out and gave us a starting pitcher and a second baseman, and it is what it is, and we're going forward with it. Do I expect anything else to happen? I doubt it, but could [general manager] Dave Dombrowski come in 10 minutes [later] and say we made a trade? Yeah, that could happen, but I don't expect it.

"We've got what we've got, and I'm going forward like I did before we got [Anibal] Sanchez and [Omar] Infante."

The one area left where the Tigers could upgrade, looking at the roster, would be a right-handed role hitter -- not a star such as Hunter Pence, but someone who could step in against left-handed pitchers. None of those types of hitters have moved on the trade market yet, though there's obviously still time.

The thing with the Tigers' search for right-handed hitting, though, is that it won't necessarily end with the non-waiver Trade Deadline. After all, it didn't end there last year.

"I don't pay any attention to it," Leyland said of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, "for one simple reason: Last year, we got Delmon Young after the Trade Deadline. That's all shop talk."

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BOS Full Game Coverage TON -- By now, manager Jim Leyland's statement that he doesn't expect a trade to happen has become almost a standard line. When he says it with less than 24 hours to go before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, though, he seemingly has a very good chance of being spot-on.

"We made our deal," Leyland said Monday. "Our boss went out and gave us a starting pitcher and a second baseman, and it is what it is, and we're going forward with it. Do I expect anything else to happen? I doubt it, but could [general manager] Dave Dombrowski come in 10 minutes [later] and say we made a trade? Yeah, that could happen, but I don't expect it.

"We've got what we've got, and I'm going forward like I did before we got [Anibal] Sanchez and [Omar] Infante."

The one area left where the Tigers could upgrade, looking at the roster, would be a right-handed role hitter -- not a star such as Hunter Pence, but someone who could step in against left-handed pitchers. None of those types of hitters have moved on the trade market yet, though there's obviously still time.

The thing with the Tigers' search for right-handed hitting, though, is that it won't necessarily end with the non-waiver Trade Deadline. After all, it didn't end there last year.

"I don't pay any attention to it," Leyland said of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, "for one simple reason: Last year, we got Delmon Young after the Trade Deadline. That's all shop talk."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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