Detroit Tigers: Four trade ideas involving Jordan Zimmermann

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DETROIT, MI – JULY 29: Pitchers Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Detroit Tigers listen to Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers after his RBI-double against the Houston Astros that gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead during the seventh inning and at Comerica Park on July 29, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers fans could see more trades happen over the course of the offseason. Here are some trade ideas involving veteran starter Jordan Zimmermann.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hasn’t enjoyed the best start to his career in the Motor City.

Signed in the offseason prior to the 2016 campaign, Zimmermann was supposed to be the frontline pitcher the Tigers so desperately needed after losing Max Scherzer and then David Price.

That being said, the veteran has been anything but that in two seasons with Detroit.

After pitching to a WAR north of 3.0 in five consecutive years, Zimmermann turned in a 1.3 WAR in 2016.

That stat was accompanied by a 4.87 ERA, a 4.42 WHIP, a 4.84 xFIP and a 4.81 SIERA in 105.1 innings.

Zimmermann’s strikeout rates also plummeted, from 7.32 punch outs per nine frames in 2015 with the Nationals to 5.64 in his first go around in the Motor City.

This season, the starter has turned in a 0.8 WAR, a 6.18 ERA, a 5.37 FIP, a 5.49 xFIP and a 5.26 SIERA in 150 frames.

His strikeouts stats have improved somewhat, rising to 5.76 strikeouts per nine frames.

Still, it’s not the production Detroit was expecting when the team inked the player to a five year, $110 million contract (per Spotrac).

With the Tigers in full-on rebuilding move, the team could still trade some veterans in the near future.

With Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila having been dealt in the last handful of months, there aren’t many veterans left.

In a perfect world, the Tigers will be able to find takers for experienced players like Jose Iglesias and Zimmermann.

That’s easier said than done, however.

Contract details

According to Spotrac, Zimmermann has a full no-trade clause through next season and a partial no-trade clause in 2019 and 2020.

He’d obviously have to approve a deal, and this is all speculative mind you, bit here are some trade ideas involving the starting pitcher.

For reference, Zimmermann has $74 million left on his contract through 2020 per the folks at Spotrac.

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