Detroit Tigers trade rumors indicate the team is about to start selling. Tigers trade rumors about David Price and Yoenis Cespedes are about to increase quite a bit, as the team is priming itself to make big deals before the MLB trade deadline. A report from USA Today late Monday (July 20) confirms that the team is about to surrender the American League Central to the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins.
These Tigers rumors might not surprise too many fans, as the team is only at a .500 record after beating the Seattle Mariners Monday night. While they are still within striking distance of the second wild-card slot, it appears that the front office is about to pull in the sails. That gives them 10 days to trade off huge assets in Price and Cespedes. The two All-Star players could bring back a nice haul of prospects to help retool the franchise in the short-term.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Yoenis Cespedes and David Price are both free agents at the end of the 2015 MLB season. Price could yield a compensatory pick if he signs with a new team, but with the contract that Cespedes has, he would walk away without possible compensation. That leaves the team in a tough position, as the front office might want to re-sign both players, but have to weigh it against the risk of losing them for nothing in return. Hence all the Detroit Tigers trade rumors, as the team might need to act quickly.
The immediate question fans of the Tigers are going to begin asking is what teams might be interested in acquiring the star players. There are a lot of teams that need starting pitching an outfield hitting, something that the Tigers might be able to provide here. It is no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros want to deal for some pitching. Those three teams could come calling, with the Dodgers making the most sense. The team has a good system of players that could be made available.
It really seems like the MLB trade deadline is going to be packed with deals, especially with so many star players expected to be available. That includes Johnny Cueto, Scott Kazmir, Cole Hamels, Jeff Samardzija, and Hisashi Iwakuma as starting pitchers that could be dealt. With that being the case, one or two teams may look to “jump the market” in order to get a lot of value early.
There aren’t any specific Detroit Tigers trade rumors that indicate a deal is close with any other franchise, but that could change very quickly. With the nearly official revelation of David Price and Yoenis Cespedes being made available, the offers are going to follow.
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