Detroit Tigers: Three players who should not be traded this offseason
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila traded a number of key veterans during the season. Even with a rebuilding effort in full swing, these three players shouldn’t be traded.
Detroit Tigers fans could see some significant change coming in the next few months.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Jose Iglesias are conceivable trade chips.
The duo have been extremely productive during their respective times with the Tigers, but they don’t really fit with the team’s rebuild due to their respective ages (35 and 27) and contract lengths.
According to Spotrac, Kinsler will hit the free agent market after the 2018 season. Per the same publication, Iglesias will become a free agent at the point same time.
Newly-minted (relatively speaking) closer Shane Greene could be another conceivable trade chips.
This is all speculative mind you, but teams could be interested in the reliever given his three remaining years of team control via arbitration—according to Spotrac—and his ability to pitch in a multitude of roles coming out of the bullpen.
Other conceivable trade chips
While they may have the same track record as Kinsler or the controllability of Greene, the Tigers should also look to trade the likes of outfielder Alex Presley and utility man Andrew Romine.
Both Presley and Romine are in the same boat as Kinsler and Iglesias in terms of being a bit old (32 and 31 respectively) for a rebuild.
What’s more, per the people at Spotrac, both Presley and Romine will be free agents after 2018.
With the Detroit Tigers going full steam with their youth movement, there will obviously be some changes to the roster coming at some point in the winter.
That being said, Detroit shouldn’t trade away all of their Major League pieces.
Here are three players the Tigers should absolutely not trade this winter.