Detroit Tigers hypothetical trade idea: Justin Wilson to Houston Astros
Right of the bat (pun!) Jose Iglesias’ addition in the hypothetical deal means Dixon Machado would step in every day.
Iglesias would help Houston make up for Carlos Correa while the shortstop is on the disabled list.
While the team would obviously be dealing an established defensive performer, there’s reason to believe Machado may be an eventual upgrade.
The younger shortstop has registered superior offensive numbers in a smaller sample size, and could find more success with more at-bats.
What’s more, Machado flashes the defensive potential to make just as much of an impact as Iglesias does fielding-wise.
Moving Wilson and Iglesias would help the Detroit Tigers trim payroll while staying competitive.
Both players would be replaced with cheaper alternatives (Hoyt and Machado) with similar ceilings talent wise.
According to Spotrac, Wilson is making $2.7 million this year, while Iglesias is taking home $4.1 million.
Moving the duo would also help save the Tigers cash next year, as both are likely in line for arbitration raises.
Young position player talent
Not only would Detroit save money, the team would also add two promising position player prospects in Fisher and Alvarez.
The Tigers’ farm system is pitching heavy prospect-wise at the moment, so adding Fisher and Alvarez would certainly improve the future outlook.
Long term, they could form a promising nucleus alongside the likes of Machado, Stewart, Mike Gerber, Derek Hill, Dawel Lugo, Rivera and Sam McMillan.
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For the Astros’ side of things, here what Climbing Tal’s Hill’ had to say about the hypothetical deal.