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Detroit Tigers: Three Trades That Can Help Club Make 2017 World Series

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Aug 6, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) in the dugout during the game against the New York Mets at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Trade #3 Send Francisco Rodriguez to Los Angeles for Trayce Thompson

Should the Dodgers lose Kenley Jansen to free agency, they’d be an ideal fit for Francisco Rodriguez.

With the likes of Ross and Hoyt joining Detroit in previously proposed deals, Bruce Rondon or rookie Joe Jimenez could step into the closer’s role next season. This would make Rodriguez an ideal trade chip.

The Dodgers have plenty of intriguing pieces to offer the Tigers, and Thompson stands out as a potential fit.

Stuck behind the likes of Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Howie Kendrick and Andrew Toles on the depth chart, Thompson could step in right away and contribute.

In 80 games last season, the outfielder only hit .225. This was partly due to a.255 BABIP. However, this didn’t stop him from turning in a .212 ISO that ranked ahead of the likes of Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez.

Adding Thompson also allows JaCoby Jones to be brought along at slower pace if need be. Detroit can slot the former White Sox player in center field while utilizing a platoon of Tyler Collins and Steven Moya in right field.

Getting full seasons worth of production from the likes of Thompson, Bregman, Collins and Moya will help make up for the loss of both J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez.

What’s more, the Dodgers trade would give the Detroit Tigers an intriguing batch of outfielders for the future.

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Young outfielders like Thompson, Jones, Christin Stewart, Mike Gerber, Derek Hill and Jose Azocar all have the potential to make an impact at the Major League level.

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