Detroit Tigers: Four Intriguing Trade Targets to Improve Pitching Depth
Josh Fields, Los Angeles Dodgers
A former first-round pick of the Mariners, reliever Josh Fields has enjoyed a solid rebound season in Los Angeles after arriving from Houston.
The 31-year-old excelled as a member of the Astros’ from 2014 to 2015, racking up a 2.14 FIP and 137 strikeouts in 105.1 innings pitched. After struggling to begin the season in 2016 with Houston, Fields is throwing quality innings once again for the Dodgers.
In 19.1 innings, the reliever has struck out 22 batters while posting a 2.79 ERA and a 3.61 FIP.
While the Dodgers could hang on to him, the team has plenty of other quality relievers under team control, with the likes of Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, Yimi Garcia, Josh Ravin, Luis Avilan all controllable for the foreseeable future.
In Detroit, Fields would give Ausmus yet another option to bridge the gap to closer Francisco Rodriguez. So far in his career, the reliever owns a 3.06 ERA in the seventh inning.
Fields’ controllable contract certainly doesn’t hurt a Tigers team that will need to get creative in adding talent without taking on too much salary. The veteran reliever has the chance to stick in Detroit’s bullpen for the long haul if he can continue to throw well.