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Detroit Tigers: Division Rival Trade Targets

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May 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Fernando Abad (58) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Fernando Abad (58) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /

Fernando Abad, Twins Relief Pitcher

Another player on an expiring contract, Abad could be the extra relief pitcher that the Detroit Tigers have been seeking.

Detroit doesn’t necessarily need a late-inning arm like Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller thanks the presence of Justin Wilson as well as the emergence of Shane Greene in a relief role. Abad would likely be another option for the seventh inning or earlier.

Despite Minnesota’s poor record, the team’s bullpen has largely been solid. Despite pitchers like Tayler Rodgers and Brandon Kintzler having fine seasons, Abad may be the team’s best relief pitcher this season.

The former Oakland Athletic has settled in since joining from the A’s, pitching to a 2.73 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched. Abad would provide an excellent option behind Wilson and Greene, while also easing the pressure on Bruce Rondon should the young reliever struggle at any point.

Adding Abad would also allow the Tigers to rely less on pitchers who have spent the season split between Detroit and Toledo like Warwick Saupold, Bobby Parnell, Blaine Hardy and Buck Farmer.

Considering the current Minnesota reliever is on an expiring contract, Detroit probably wouldn’t have to give up too much in a trade either.

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