The Detroit Tigers are no longer lurking in the AL Central shadows looking to take the top spot from the Cleveland Indians. As of today, they sit atop the division with the ability to control their own postseason destiny from here on out.
They have been linked to nearly every single potential starting pitcher and slugger on the trade market.
Unfortunately for Tigers fans nationwide, their acquisition today was anything but a power move.
“The Detroit Tigers have acquired third baseman Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City Royals for two minor leaguers.
The 29-year-old Betemit has hit .281 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in 57 games with the Royals this year…
Kansas City receives left-hander Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez. The 19-year-old Cruz has gone 2-6 with a 3.11 ERA with Class A West Michigan in 2011.
The 21-year-old Rodriguez has hit .283 at Class A Lakeland,” according to ESPN.com.
Detroit fans have to hope this is just the first of other moves to be made by general manager Dave Dombrowski. Wilson Betemit is a solid acquisition, but he will not keep the team above the Indians, White Sox and Twins.
Detroit fans have to hope Dombrowski, known for making a splash, does not feel his .5 game lead is safe moving forward just because they landed a solid defender like Betemit.
He is a career .268 hitter who always lacked power as evident by 58 HR and 100 2B in his eight-year career. He will fail to provide the Tigers with the run support or boost they are looking for.
Still, he is a better fielder than Brandon Inge and will at the very least get on base with more consistency than Inge.
Betemit is a safe move, but Detroit still needs to make that splash fans are looking for to keep them atop the division. There are plenty of sluggers to on the trade block to rotate with Magglio Ordonez in right field. They also need another starting pitcher behind ace Justin Verlander.
This was a wise and safe move, but it needs to be the first of a few power moves to solidify this roster.
-Brandon Galvin is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Syndicated Writer. Follow Him on Twitter.