Detroit Tigers Acquire: Travis Jankowski, Kevin Quackenbush and Logan Allen
San Diego Padres Acquire: Jose Iglesias, Anibal Sanchez and Buck Farmer
As it stands, the San Diego Padres are currently in need of rotation help and a shortstop.
Fortunately (at least in this hypothetical trade scenario), the Tigers have the pieces to help.
The National League West club is counting down the days until top prospect Javier Guerra is ready for the big leagues. However, the 21-year-old only hit .202 in the low minors and may need more years of development.
Adding Iglesias gives San Diego a young, impact shortstop to bridge the gap until Guerra reaches the Majors.
There’s bounce-back potential in Sanchez, who often thrived in starts for Detroit before being lit up in the following appearance. The former Marlin could rebound in San Diego’s spacious ballpark.
Detroit’s Side of the Deal
In return, the Tigers would receive three potentially useful pieces.
Leading the way is Quackenbush, who owns a 3.50 ERA in 172.1 innings coming out of San Diego’s bullpen.
The only position player heading to the Motor City in the trade, Jankowski helps the Tigers in a number of different ways.
Detroit’s overall defense could use some help, as could the team’s output on the base paths. With Cameron Maybin in Anaheim, there’s also a need for a center fielder.
As it happens, Jankowski is a quality defender (12.9 UZR, 8 DRS in 2016), is an excellent base runner (30 steals and a 3.1 BsR last season) and plays center field.
With Manuel Margot coming through the ranks, San Diego will need to make room in center field. There may not be room for Jankowski with Hunter Renfroe and Alex Dickerson looking like long-term fits in the outfield corners.
While Quackenbush and Jankowski would be able to contribute right away, pitching prospect Logan Allen is a few years away. The left-hander doesn’t blow anyone away with his fastball, but he mixes in three different off-speed offerings to keep hitters off balance.
In 62.1 innings spanning three minor league stops, the former Boston farmhand logged a 3.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts. He held opposing hitters to a .242 batting average at the plate.
Allen could eventually factor into the rotation discussion before all is said and done.