Remaining salary per Spotrac: $87.5 million through 2020
Admittedly, this is extremely—emphasize extremely—unlikely considering old friend Cespedes is still capable of being a run producer in the middle of the lineup while Zimmermann has struggled.
Zimmermann could find more success in a return to the National League, where he wouldn’t have to face the designated hitter.
In this situation, the Detroit Tigers would have to pay down some of Zimmermann’s contract to make the salaries work.
Remaining salary per Spotrac: $10 million in 2018 with player options for $15 million and $17 million in 2019 and 2020
Tomas has struggled mightily this season with a .294 OBP and an 89 wRC+ in 180 plate appearances this season. He’s still providing some power, with a .223 ISO and eight home runs, but the ability to hit for contact simply hasn’t been there in 2017.
If Arizona re-signs J.D. Martinez, Tomas could be out of regular playing time.
Additionally, Zimmermann gives the team some rotation insurance with Patrick Corbin eligible for free agency after the 2018 campaign.
Able to play the infield and outfield corners, the Detroit Tigers could use him in a similar fashion to how the Twins deploy Miguel Sano.
Similar to Ellsbury, he could provide cover while Stewart and Gerber develop.