The Detroit Tigers, two-and-a-half games ahead of the Indians and three games up on the White Sox, have reportedly added starter Doug Fister from the Seattle Mariners.
The report says that Detroit will also pick up reliever David Pauley from the Mariners, and give up left-hander Charlie Furbush and outfielder Casper Wells to Seattle.
Fister is only 3-12 on the season, but do not be deceived, as that stat comes compliment of a weak Seattle offense. The relevant number is 3.33, which is Fister's ERA over 146 innings in 2011.
Pauley has a 5-4 mark and an excellent 2.15 ERA in just over 54 innings of work, and has allowed only 38 hits in those innings.
Furbush is in his first big-league season and has gone 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 17 games for Detroit, while Wells is hitting .257 with four homers and 12 RBI in 113 at-bats.
The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, and with a lot of silence from the rest of the AL Central, the Tigers get better just when teams below them need to be the ones making up a gap.
We will see what else transpires today and tomorrow.