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Detroit Tigers: Ranking Padres Trade Fits in Event of a Jose Iglesias Trade

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Jun 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) makes a throw to first to retire Seattle Mariners left fielder Norichika Aoki (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) makes a throw to first to retire Seattle Mariners left fielder Norichika Aoki (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (55) pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (55) pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

Name: Jarred Cosart
Age: 26
Position: Starting Pitcher
Controllable Through: 2020
2016 Stat of Note:

Jarred Cosart has pitched in parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues. Despite the experience, the starting pitcher isn’t yet eligible for arbitration.

The ex-Marlin will reach arbitration following next season. After that, he’s controllable for three more seasons.

Despite some up-and-down years, Cosart’s controllability makes him an appealing trade target.

Since bursting onto the scene with the Houston Astros in 2013 when he posted a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts, Cosart has gone on to pitch 367 innings in the Majors. Over that span, he’s logged a 3.92 ERA and a 2.1 WAR.

Never one to rack up strikeouts (5.7 career punch outs per nine frames), Cosart has showed the ability to post quality numbers at the back of a rotation.

During the 2014 season with Houston, the 26-year-old went 13-11 with a 3.77 FIP in 30 starts. The 2015 campaign saw him make just 13 starts, but he still pitched to a respectable 4.52 ERA.

Like Sardinas, Cosart wouldn’t be the centerpiece of any hypothetical Iglesias trade. However, he’s worth a look given his past success.

Potential Fit with the Detroit Tigers

Jarred Cosart would likely compete for a rotation spot in Detroit. He seems unlikely to jump Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd in the rotation pecking order, but he could still make an impact.

Norris, Boyd and Michael Fulmer are still developing and probably need to have their innings somewhat monitored. Cosart would be able to make the occasional start while serving as a more reliable depth option than Anibal Sanchez or Mike Pelfrey.

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