Detroit Tigers Dreaming Big: Top 10 Wish List for 2017

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Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates after he hits a double in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates after he hits a double in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (37) pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (37) pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

#8: Paying for Trout: Clearing Dead Weight

In baseball, nobody gets anything for free. Something has to give. So, in order to get Mike Trout, the Tigers would have to give up something big. Like a bunch of pitchers. So, to get Trout, the Angels would get Mark Lowe, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey, and Steven Moya. They could even take Buck Farmer or Drew VerHagen.

The number 8 spot on this list is clearing out the players who do not inspire any confidence when they walk on the mound or approach the plate. The Tigers know all too well that some players excel in certain cities and they fall apart in others – take the J.D. Martinez story. Al Avila could use his magic powers to convince the Angels that these players just don’t like Michigan. They are better suited to California.

By getting rid of Pelfrey and Sanchez, this cements spots for Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd. To replace the other players, Avila can get some more unknown players.

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