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Detroit Tigers: Laying out an ideal trade season

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May 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 24, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers fans could see the team make some trades as the season progresses. Here is a blueprint for the perfect trade season for general manager Al Avila and the rest of the team’s front office.

Detroit Tigers players entered Sunday with a 23-26 record, with five games separating them and the first-place Minnesota Twins.

While that may seem like a lot on paper, the Tigers are far from out of the playoff picture.

Stranger things have happened, but Minnesota doesn’t look like a postseason contender on paper. If the Tigers can stay close to Cleveland in the standings throughout the year, Detroit will be in excellent shape.

The Tigers are also just three games out of the wild card entering Sunday.

Regardless of Detroit’s record, the team could conceivably make some trades.

The team needs to save money, so dealing non-essential veterans on short-term deals makes sense.

In this scenario, the likes of Francisco Rodriguez, Anibal Sanchez and Jose Iglesias could be flipped. However, whether the Tigers are able to find trade partners remains to be seen.

Here is a look at a potentially ideal trade season for Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila and the rest of the team’s front office staff.

These trades will keep Detroit in contention while helping to build for the future.

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