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Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the Boston Red Sox

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 30: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a game at Coors Field on August 30, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 30: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a game at Coors Field on August 30, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Alex Presley #14 of the Detroit Tigers singles to drive in Ian Kinsler against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Comerica Park on September 23, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Boston’s (hypothetical) haul

Meanwhile, the Red Sox would also pick up a pair of bench cogs in Romine and Presley and another relief arm in Wilson.

Romine already plays a similar role to Brock Holt, but Boston will see Eduardo Nunez become a free agent at the conclusion of the World Series.

Adding Romine ensures the team has a utility option in case Brock Holt is needed to play full time at a different position due to injury or ineffectiveness.

What’s more, with Davis and Chris Young also seeing their respective contracts expire this winter, Boston will have just one other outfielder besides starters Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 40-man roster in Tzu-Wei Lin.

After a resurgent 2017 at the plate (.354 on-base percentage, 106 wRC+ and a .334 wOBA) Presley would be a quality fourth outfielder with the Red Sox.

Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson isn’t exactly the late-inning arm that Justin Wilson or Greene is in terms of missing bats, but he’s been plenty effective since donning a Detroit uniform.

From the start of the 2015 season through the conclusion of the 2017 campaign, Wilson ranks 15th among relievers in innings pitched and has the 15th-lowest walk per nine innings rate and the 12th-lowest walk percentage.

He also owns a 3.75 xFIP and a 1.21 WHIP over that span.

While he may not post the flashy strikeout numbers as his fellow relievers, Wilson could be a quality sixth or seventh inning option for the Red Sox.

The needs are certainly there for Boston.

The need is also there for the Tigers, who would pick up some intriguing pieces in this hypothetical swap.

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