Detroit Tigers: Division Rival Trade Targets

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Jun 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie (15) throws to first against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Brett Lawrie, White Sox Infielder

Acquired from the A’s in the offseason for a pair of young pitchers, Lawrie’s batting and on-base numbers won’t overwhelm you. The infielder is hitting .249 with a .311 on-base percentage.

However, the 26-year-old certainly brings value.

In 93 games for Chicago, Lawrie has driven in 36 runs, mashed 22 doubles, 12 home runs and has stolen seven bases. The infielder has also accumulated a 1.2 WAR while playing predominantly as a second baseman.

While playing for Oakland, and Toronto before that, Lawrie saw time at both second and third base. He would immediately give the Tigers an offensive upgrade over Mike Aviles at both positions. What’s more, he would also provide the team with another pinch-hitting option.

In his place, Chicago could plug in Tyler Saladino as a placeholder until the team finds a better fit at second. The White Sox have a number of high-upside players in the minors, but don’t have the deepest farm system known to man. Detroit could conceivably go for quantity in terms of prospects to work out a deal.

Lawrie’s contract runs through next season, so perhaps a mid-level prospect and a lower-level prospect could get the deal done.

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