Potential trade chip
The nature of singing these kinds of veterans to one-year deals is a win-win situation.
Not only does it allow the rebound candidate a chance to rebuild his value ahead of another shot at free agency the next winter, but it gives the Detroit Tigers a potential trade chip if said player regains their past form.
That being said, if the player struggles, the Tigers aren’t out much over the long haul if they are cut loose.
Taking all that into account, Seung-hwan Oh is the perfect rebound candidate for the Detroit Tigers.
If he can pitch to a stat line somewhere between his 2016 and 2017 numbers and continue to miss bats, he’d likely be a valuable commodity at the trade deadline.
However, if he can find that 2016 form again in Detroit, the Tigers stand to benefit greatly in a trade.
Trade markets can change from season to season based on needs, but teams tend to be valuing pitching more and more these days.
More specifically, teams want deeper bullpens.
As recently as July, rental relievers were able to fetch their employers multiple prospects in trades.