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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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ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 25: Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers knocks in a run with a third-inning single against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on June 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 25: Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers knocks in a run with a third-inning single against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on June 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Hernan Perez
Age: 26
Positions: Everywhere except pitcher and catcher

Perez fits what the Tigers want in terms of younger, controllable and faster players.

A former Detroit Tigers player himself, Perez lost his roster spot due to the influx of middle infielders Detroit once had.

Now in Milwaukee, the ex-Tiger has developed into a player who brings an intriguing blend of speed and power to the table.

The 26-year-old registered 56 RBI, 50 runs scored, 34 stolen bases and 13 home runs in 430 plate appearances last season.

This year, he’s logged 320 plate appearances, chipping in with 36 RBI, 34 runs scored, 11 home runs and eight stolen bases.

His wRC+ numbers the last two years (89 in 2016, 85 this year) aren’t ideal, but his ability to contribute to the team in a number of different ways would certainly help the Tigers.

It doesn’t hurt that Perez can play all four infield positions and all three outfield positions. Essentially, he’s a younger Andrew Romine with a better bat who can play every day due to his offense.

Mauricio Dubon
Age: 23
Position: Shortstop and second base

Dubon could step in right away for Ian Kinsler, if not by 2018 at the latest. The middle infielder has solid on-base ability, and also runs well, as evidenced by 33 stolen bases in 91 minor league games so far this seasons.

He’s only notching a .287 on-base percentage in Triple-A this season, so perhaps a 2018 debut is more likely.

Still, the upside is there as a potential table setter if he can continue to reach base and cause trouble on the base paths.

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