Detroit Tigers: Miami Marlins trade ideas
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila should consider absorbing contracts in order to improve the team for the future. One team who could match up with the Tigers in this regard is the Miami Marlins.
Detroit Tigers fans aren’t going to see a Giancarlo Stanton trade this offseason.
Let’s just get that out of the way first and foremost.
Stanton would cost too much in both the monetary sense and the sense in which Detroit would have to give up a king’s ransom in terms of prospects to acquire the slugger.
Plus since the team is rebuild, the on-field fit isn’t really there.
Now that we’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, there are actually a number of Miami Marlins who could be trade fits for the Tigers.
The Marlins, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald by Clark Spencer, are looking to cut payroll.
Spencer wrote the following:
"“According to a Major League Baseball source, Jeter and fellow owner Bruce Sherman proposed cutting the team’s 2018 payroll to around $90 million – down from last season’s franchise-record $115 million – as part of the operating plan they submitted to league owners during the approval process.”"
If the Fish look to offload some of the team’s more substantial contracts, Detroit could look to extract a prospect or two in return for absorbing the deals.
New-found payroll flexibility
The Tigers probably shouldn’t take on any serious cash contract-wise.
However, with salary commitments to Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Alex Avila, Justin Wilson and Justin Verlander completely or mostly off the team’s hands, Detroit has some financial flexibility.
What’s more, the franchise will see past financial commitments to Mike Pelfrey, Mark Lowe and Francisco Rodriguez come off the books after the World Series.
Here’s a look at some trade ideas involving the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins.