Detroit Tigers fans could conceivably see the team trade a few players at the deadline. Here’s a hypothetical J.D. Martinez trade we worked out with FanSided’s Dodgers site, Dodger Way.
Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is arguably the team’s best trade chip as July’s trade deadline slowly approaches.
The slugger has a slight edge over closer Justin Wilson due to his elite offensive ability.
Martinez will also hit free agency after the season, and it might behoove the Tigers to move him even if the team is in contention.
The reality is that the 29-year-old is going to command a significant contract on the open market, and Detroit may not be a perfect fit with the team’s desire to get cheaper.
While Martinez might be playing elsewhere next season, the Tigers probably aren’t going to go into complete tear-down move.
With that being said, it makes more sense to acquire Major-League ready pieces or prospects for Martinez in order to ensure a quick turnaround.
Representing the Tigers and Motor City Bengals in a hypothetical trade scenario, I made a conceivable trade with the quality folks over at FanSided’s Los Angeles Dodgers site, Dodger Way involving Martinez.
Detroit Tigers receive: Center fielder Joc Pederson and second base prospect Willie Calhoun
Los Angeles Dodgers receive: Outfielder J.D. Martinez
The Dodgers need another outfield bat, and adding Martinez to an offensive core that includes Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez would help the team overtake the Chicago Cubs in the playoffs.
So in that sense, the deal makes plenty of sense for Los Angeles.
It also makes plenty of sense for the Tigers, who add to building blocks and lineup mainstays for the foreseeable future.