The Detroit Tigers have sent a message to its fans: they are sellers.
J.D. Martinez is now an Arizona Diamondbacks. What will be the next move?
On Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers
announced that fan favorite J.D. Martinez had been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks
for three shortstop prospects. This move came two weeks before the deadline, and it sent a message to fans and other clubs that they are ready to sell now.
The prospect in return haven’t proven much, meaning Al Avila isn’t afraid to make deals for raw talents.
This changes the Tigers’ direction entirely. They are no longer searching for MLB-ready players, so who are the next Tigers we will see in a different team’s uniform?
The answer just became a lot more complex than it seems. Yes, everyone saw the J.D. Martinez trade coming, but the little they received in return might mean the Tigers are ready to tear this team down brick by brick.
The Tigers may not be trying to revamp for a run next year, which means there are absolutely no untouchable players.
Detroit will surely move Justin Wilson
and Alex Avila,
as there has been a lot of discussion about those two. However, the whole team is on the hot seat. Justin Verlander
is another name that is thrown around in trade discussions, especially now that the Tigers are willing to eat some of his contract.
Al Avila will now listen to offers much more seriously for every player on the team. Two players whose names could be under the radar are Jose Iglesias
and Anibal Sanchez
Iglesias is another Tiger whose name will be discussed. Like Martinez, he would only be a rental for whatever team he goes to. His contract will expire by the end of the season, and Avila will seriously consider trading him if he gives up on this season. Iglesias was even involved in trade discussions this off season before talks fizzled out.
Iglesias is arguably one of the best shortstops in the American League and is a decent hitter as well. It is a perfect trade for the Tigers as a low risk move with the rebuild happening. Especially with Dixon Machado
and three new prospects playing behind him.
Another low-risk move, for both sides, would be trading away Anibal Sanchez. He also is on the last year of his contract and has a club option.
Again if the Tigers are going to completely rebuild, it may be time for Sanchez to say goodbye. He has five straight quality starts and is performing at a very high level. While Sanchez’s stats may confuse some, he is a valuable commodity. He is also expendable for the Tigers, as Matt Boyd
could easily fill his position and gain some crucial experience in the big leagues.
The market is extremely high for bullpen pitchers. Greene has been one of the few gems in the Tigers’ pen this season and has a high chance of being traded. He has an ERA under three and struck out 47 hitters in 43 innings. He has been a consistent contributor all season and could receive a prospect or two for him.
After a disappointing 2016 season, Upton came out strong this season, and returned to All-star form. Upton has the option in his contract to become a free agent after this season.
With a Tigers’ rebuild on the way, expect just that. Upton could be intriguing to other teams as he could also opt in if he is traded to a contender. This is a trade not many have talked about, but expect it to happen close to the deadline when teams become desperate.
It has finally become evident from the Martinez trade that the organization is ready for a rebuild. Players like Iglesias, Greene, Sanchez, and Upton will have rumors swarming around them. Fans should expect many more trades before the deadline at the end of the month.
The rebuilding process is painful, but it is needed to help the Tigers organization and its future.