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Detroit Tigers hypothetical trade idea: Justin Wilson to Houston Astros

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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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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Yordan Alvarez #43 of the Houston Astros and the World Team celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the ninth inning during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Yordan Alvarez #43 of the Houston Astros and the World Team celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the ninth inning during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Yordan Alvarez

The Detroit Tigers don’t have many options to replace Miguel Cabrera at first base long term. Of course, the slugger’s contract will keep him in the Motor City through at least 2023 (per Spotrac).

Still, a transition from first base to designated hitter could be coming whenever Victor Martinez decides to move on.

Because of Cabrera’s extended period of excellence with the Tigers, Detroit hasn’t needed to worry about drafting a future first baseman in the past.

The team did add Reynaldo Rivera in the second round of the 2017 draft, but the slugger may stick in the one of outfield corners long term.

One player who could eventually step in for Cabrera is Yordan Alvarez, the third piece in this hypothetical trade.

A participant in this year’s Futures Game in Miami over the All-Star break, Alvarez has shown considerable offensive upside in the low minors with 47 RBI, 32 runs scored, 12 doubles and 10 home runs in 57 games.

He’s also hitting .318, and has notched an impressive .413 on-base percentage this season.

The 20-year-old is still a ways away from the Major Leagues considering he was just promoted to Advanced-A Buies Creek.

However, it isn’t hard to imagine Alvarez eventually hitting in the middle of the Detroit Tigers lineup down the line.

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