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MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Reportedly Inquired About Cubs 2B Darwin Barney

Now that the first half of the baseball season has already spilled over into July, trade talks and non-stop rumors are beginning to take center stage for the nation's pastime. According to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi, the Detroit Tigers have been somewhat active as of late, and even made an inquiry about Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney a few weeks ago.

Aside from the fact that the Cubs don't appear willing to deal a young, well-rounded middle infield prospect like Barney at the moment, it's good to see Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski actively trying to upgrade the largely-ignored second base position. Middle infield spots remain Detroit's biggest weakness in the batting order on a nightly basis, and there doesn't appear to be much coming down the pipeline anytime soon.

So while Chicago's budding second baseman might not be the guy Detroit ends up with, he is a fair representation of what Dombrowski is likely seeking out, meaning that Tigers fans have every reason to be optimistic as we barrel towards the trade deadline.

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