Detroit Tigers: Three Ideal Center Field Trades
Detroit Tigers Acquire: Ichiro Suzuki
Miami Marlins Acquire: Tyler Collins and Buck Farmer
Ichiro may not be the WAR and batting average machine that he was in his early years with the Seattle Mariners, but the future Hall of Famer is still extremely productive.
The 43-year-old continued to rake at the plate, with a .291 batting average and a strong .354 on-base percentage. He also chipped in with 48 runs scored, 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases. What’s more, the veteran is still a solid fielder in center field.
He’d be the definition of a stop-gap option, but Ichiro would provide quality production in center field until JaCoby Jones is ready.
Why the Trade Works for the Marlins
Right off the bat, Collins gives the Marlins a younger option than Ichiro to serve as a fourth outfielder.
While the former Tigers prospect isn’t a perfect fit in center field, Marcell Ozuna can occasionally play in center field, effectively serving as Christain Yelich’s backup.
Additionally, Farmer would add more pitching depth to the team. Even with the signings of Edinson Volquez, Jeff Locke, the Marlins could still use an extra starter or two.
A potential swingman, Farmer could also contribute out of Miami’s bullpen.
Both Collins and Farmer serve as young controllable players for the Fish, who would acquire the duo for Ichiro’s expiring contract.
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Given that the club has handed out significant free agent deals to the likes of Volquez, and Junichi Tazawa, Miami could use some controllable, young pieces.