Trade Partner #2 San Francisco Giants
Potential Positions of Need: Closer, Outfield
Like their National League West rivals, the San Francisco Giants could be a fit for a few current Tigers.
With Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez all becoming free agents, the Giants suddenly have a need at closer. Rodriguez would make sense in a potential move given San Francisco’s win-now strategy.
Notable Giants Players and Prospects Who Could Appeal to the Detroit Tigers
Joe Panik, Second Baseman
- Baseball’s most difficult batter to strike out last season, Panik owns a career .280 batting average and .343 on-base percentage despite putting up a .239 average and a .315 on-base percentage in 2016. The 26-year-old is controllable through 2021 and is an ideal long-term replacement for Kinsler.
Ray Black, Reliever
- A former seventh-round pick currently at Double-A, Black has the upside to be an excellent. With a blazing fastball that hits triple digits, the reliever also mixes in a solid slider. He struck out 53 batters in just 31.1 innings while also holding opposing hitters to a .159 batting average.
Chris Shaw, First Baseman
- Another prospect at Double-A, Shaw collected 85 RBI, 73 runs scored, 38 doubles, 21 home runs and four triples in just 132 minor league games last season. He just reached Double-A last year, so he’s a few years away from making a Major League impact. However, Shaw’s power makes him an ideal long-term replacement for Miguel Cabrera.
Chris Heston, Starting Pitcher
- Heston logged 177.2 innings in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA and a 1.4 WAR. While he only appeared in four games in 2016, the pitcher is controllable through 2020 and could function in Detroit as a swingman or a starter at the back end of the rotation.