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Detroit Tigers hypothetical trade idea: Anibal Sanchez for Curtis Granderson

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Aug 7, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) reacts after hitting a solo homerun against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) reacts after hitting a solo homerun against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

The Hypothetical Trade

In continuing with the hypothetical theme, if the Detroit Tigers trade Anibal Sanchez, they probably aren’t going to get too much out of him in terms of a prospect return given his struggles.

Considering that, a change of scenery trade could make sense.

If that is the case, one team stands out as a conceivable fit.

That would be the New York Mets.

New York starting pitchers currently rank 20th in WAR. Mets starters have also combined for the 25th-fewest innings thrown.

To make matters worse for the franchise, the National League East team is currently without Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Seth Lugo, as the trio are all on the disabled list.

The team is also using Matt Harvey in the rotation. The 28-year-old currently owns a -0.5 WAR and a 6.41 FIP. He’s also been tagged for 2.18 home runs per nine innings.

As it would happen, New York’s one area where the team could trade from is an area of need for the Tigers.

The Mets have, to put it plainly, an outfield log jam. Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares man the outfield, while Matt Reynolds has also seen time in left field.

Elsewhere, New York will welcome former Tiger Yoenis Cespedes back from the disabled list at some point.

Detroit frankly isn’t going to be able to net Bruce or Lagares in a deal for Sanchez. However, one player in the Mets’ outfield who could benefit from a change of scenery—similar to Anibal—is old friend Curtis Granderson.

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