DETROIT -- Whether or not the Tigers' trade plans hinge on this weekend's series with the division-leading White Sox appears to be up for debate. Regardless, it appears that any moves the Tigers make will come close to next Thursday's non-waiver deadline.
Manager Jim Leyland stays out of the trade market, leaving that to president/general manager Dave Dombrowski. But he also stays informed on any dealings they have. And right now, he says, they don't have many of them.
"He keeps me informed," Leyland said of Dombrowski, "but to my knowledge, there's absolutely nothing going on as we speak. Nothing. I'm sure he's talked to a few clubs. I haven't received any information. I think everybody's doing some sparring yet."
If that's the way it stays, Leyland isn't going to complain. His bullpen is looking better with the improved recent performances of Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney, though they could be in the market for an additional left-hander. Zach Miner's performance has stabilized the rotation for now, though one outing guarantees nothing.
Given how many clubs are searching for pitching, the Tigers can't count on a deal as they send their scouts to other ballparks. When asked if this weekend's series would affect any dealings they have, Dombrowski didn't believe so.
"Probably not," he said Thursday, "but I can never say [for sure] it won't."
Detroit entered this series 5 1/2 games behind Chicago in the American League Central with 61 games left to play. Dombrowski indicated to Booth Newspapers on Thursday that the Tigers would not be sellers at the deadline.
"I don't worry about any of that stuff," Leyland said. "I've got my team here. I'm happy with my team, and I'm not worried about anything. If Dave makes a trade, he makes a trade. If he makes a trade, it's because he thinks it'll help the team. If there's a trade out there that makes sense and it's a makeable putt, I'm sure he'll do it. But I don't really get into too much of that."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.