Detroit Tigers trade rumors have them as sellers instead of buyers this year. ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that Tigers management is reaching out to teams to let them know that some valuable players are available.
Even though the Tigers were able to eke out a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, they seem to believe that they won’t be making the playoffs this season. Detroit currently stands 12 and a half games behind the front running Kansas City Royals in the American League Central and four games out of the final wild card spot, but they have four other teams in front of them.
The Tigers will be looking to trade free agents to be David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, Joakim Soria, and Rajai Davis. The Tigers will have about 48 hours before the trade deadline to make some deals happen.
Price will be the big ticket item in this two day sale. Big spenders like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees will surely check in on Price. NJ is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays will likely be players in the David Price sweepstakes. If the Tigers do deal Price, it will be the second season in a row that he gets dealt at the trade deadline. The Tigers acquired Price last season from the Rays as part of a three-team deal. Price has pitched very well this season with a 9-4 record and an earned run average of 2.53. He has 138 strikeout in 146 innings pitched.
Cespedes was also traded at the deadline in 2014 by the Oakland A’s to the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers acquired Cespedes in the offseason and he has given the Tigers some pop in their lineup. He has 17 home runs and 58 runs batted in. The 29-year-old is a right-handed hitter with power, something that is in great demand in the game today.
Soria is the Tigers current closer and will join an already crowded closer market. As reported on earlier at the Inquisitr, Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel are already available. The one thing Soria has going for him is that he will come at a cheaper cost.
Davis could be a nice bench piece for a contending team.
This won’t be a total rebuild for the Detroit Tigers because they will have a bunch of talent locked up for seasons to come. Expect them to trade for players that are already in the majors or very close to the bigs.
Do you think the Detroit Tigers are making the right move by becoming sellers?
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