Detroit Tigers: Best and worst trade partners based on hypothetical fits
Bit of both: Washington Nationals
We start with the Washington Nationals, who could be an excellent trade fit, or not a great trade fit.
Washington doesn’t have the deepest farm system in the league after trading away some elite prospects for Adam Eaton in the offseason.
The farm system was drained further when the team dealt to prospects to Oakland along with reliever Blake Treinen for bullpen reinforcements in Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson.
The Nats do have three extremely-promising prospects in starting pitcher Erick Fedde and outfielders Victor Robles and Juan Soto.
However, outside of the trio, there isn’t too much in terms of elite prospects in Washington’s farm system.
What’s more, the only young talent on the Nationals’ roster who could be fits in Detroit likely aren’t going anywhere.
Trea Turner is on the disabled list and wouldn’t be moved even if he was healthy. Elsewhere, 24-year-old starter Joe Ross will have Tommy John surgery.
If the Tigers can net Robles, Soto or Fedde in a deal, than Washington is an ideal trade partner.
If Detroit can’t pick up any of Washington’s appealing assets, then the National League East franchise ceases to be a solid fit for the Tigers.