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Detroit Tigers: Trade fits and hypothetical targets in Milwaukee Brewers’ system

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KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 31: Catcher Alex Avila #31 and Justin Wilson #38 of the Detroit Tigers congratulate each other after the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-5 to win the game at Kauffman Stadium on May 31, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 31: Catcher Alex Avila #31 and Justin Wilson #38 of the Detroit Tigers congratulate each other after the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-5 to win the game at Kauffman Stadium on May 31, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 02: Brett Phillips #77 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws the ball to third base as teammate Lewis Brinson #75 looks on during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 2, 2017 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 02: Brett Phillips #77 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws the ball to third base as teammate Lewis Brinson #75 looks on during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 2, 2017 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Lewis Brinson
Age: 23
Position: Outfielder

Lewis Brinson is probably out of the question given his status as one of the game’s best prospects, but aim high right?

The outfielder’s power-speed combination in extremely enticing, and he’s got All-Star upside if everything clicks.

Brinson is currently destroying minor league pitching in Triple-A to the tune of a .346 batting average, a .418 on-base percentage, a .571 slugging percentage and a .989 OPS.

He’s also contributed 60 runs scored, 43 RBI, 34 extra-base hits, 29 walks and 11 stolen bases.

While Brinson would likely only be involved in a monster deal given his value, it would be interesting to see what Detroit could net in a larger trade involving Justin Wilson, Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila.

Avila hasn’t been linked to the Brewers, but the fit is there. He could form a platoon with former Detroit farmhand Manny Pina behind the dish.

Brett Phillips
Age: 23
Position: Outfielder

Another potential outfield solution, Phillips could step in every day for the Detroit Tigers down the stretch.

An excellent fielder, Phillips’ ability to cover ground would play extremely well in Comerica Park’s spacious center field.

Acquiring the outfielder, who possess excellent speed, is hitting .293 with a .940 OPS in Triple-A this season.

His acquisition, or Brinson’s for that matter, would allow Detroit to shift Mikie Mahtook to right field and bring Christin Stewart and Mike Gerber along at a les-rushed pace.

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