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.
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.
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.