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Detroit Tigers: Five hypothetical trade candidates

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 4: Justin Wilson #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on July 4, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Wilson recorded his ninth save in the Tigers 5-3 win. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 4: Justin Wilson #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on July 4, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Wilson recorded his ninth save in the Tigers 5-3 win. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 29: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers avoids an inside pitch during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 29, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 7-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

J.D. Martinez

Age: 29
Position: Right Field
2017 contract, per Spotrac: $11.75 million
2017 stat of note: .319 ISO

Even if the Detroit Tigers were in contention, the case could probably made for trading J.D. Martinez.

The 29-year-old will hit the free agent market following the conclusion of the World Series and is likely to snag a hefty contract on the open market.

For a Tigers team looking to get younger and less expensive, handing a 29-year-old slugger who is struggling defensively (-6 DRS, -11.2 UZR/150) and doesn’t run much (-1.5 BsR) a long-term deal doesn’t seem like the most prudent investment.

What does seem more prudent is flipping Martinez for a premium return now rather than lose him for nothing in the offseason.

The Tigers can then use Jim Adduci, Alex Presley, a waiver claim, a young player acquired in a trade, or a mixture of all four, to man the position until Christin Stewart is ready to take over full-time in 2018.

Ideally, the team will be able to net a premium prospect close to the Majors Leagues—plus more—in a J.D. Martinez trade.

This way, the team can add to a young core that includes Michael Fulmer, Stewart, Mikie Mahtook, Mike Gerber, Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, Dixon Machado, Joe Jimenez and Bruce Rondon.

Combine that with a group of veterans like Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Shane Greene and Jordan Zimmermann, and Detroit should have the pieces to stay competitive in 2018.

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