Detroit Tigers players were just swept by Cleveland. The result puts the team at .500, but the Tigers are far from out of it. If Detroit makes any moves at the trade deadline, these prospects shouldn’t be dealt.
Detroit Tigers teams of old have traded away top prospects in return for immediate upgrades at the big-league level—in other words, mortgaging the future.
Things are different now under relatively-new general manager Al Avila.
Despite fielding a contending roster loaded with star players and substantial contracts, Avila hasn’t dealt any of the team’s promising young players.
In addition to keeping hold of said players, Avila has also shown he can make significant upgrades without sacrificing too much in terms of prospects. Francisco Rodriguez, Cameron Maybin and Justin Wilson were all acquired for little more than a collection of mid-level prospects.
After a rough series against Cleveland, Detroit may be forced to add more pieces to the puzzle. These additions would likely come in the bullpen or on the bench, but additions are still needed.
Here are three prospects the Tigers should not deal ahead of the trade deadline.
This list excludes recent draftees, as well as players like Norris, Moya and Boyd who’ve made an impact with Detroit already.