Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the Boston Red Sox

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 – APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park prior to the start of the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Bright future

Adding a younger, Major-League ready player like Travis would also help to accelerate Detroit’s rebuild.

The sooner the franchise’s young players start making it to the Majors, the sooner they can develop. The sooner they can develop, the sooner the Detroit Tigers will contend again.

Speaking of young players near the Majors, there’s also Michael Chavis in this hypothetical trade.

Chavis recently wrapped up the 2017 campaign with Double-A Portland in Boston’s minor league system.

He hit .282 with a .347 on-base percentage, a .563 slugging percentage and a .910 OPS in 524 plate appearances.

Those 524 plate appearances also yielded 94 RBI, 89 RBI, 35 doubles, 31 home runs, two triples and two stolen bases.

A slugger in his own right, Baseball Prospectus wrote the following about the third baseman on August 24:

"“Chavis’ game is built on his ability to drive the baseball, but everything else is a bit fringy. His swing is strong, powerful, compact and fast, but his bat-to-ball is inconsistent due to his aggressiveness and some approach issues. He has enough natural skill to hit for a workable average with power … His glove and footwork make me question whether third base is his long-term defensive home, but he has enough natural range to work in second or left field.”"

Blocked by Rafael Devers at third base, Dustin Pedroia at second and Benintendi and Betts in the outfield corners, Chavis is an ideal trade chip for Boston.

Potential in Detroit

If the Tigers acquired Chavis, a move off third base would perfectly fine considering the franchise’s other options.

With Candelario entrenched at the moment at third, Detroit doesn’t need another third baseman.

What the team does need is a second baseman.

In the event that Ian Kinsler is traded, Dixon Machado is currently the only viable option to step in.

Long term however, the slick-fielding Machado seems more like Jose Iglesias’ heir apparent at shortstop.

As it stands, Dawel Lugo is Detroit’s only other candidate at second base long-term, so adding Chavis would certainly give the team another option.

At worst, if his offense plays in the Majors, the Tigers can shift Chavis elsewhere on the diamond.

Chavis would join the likes of Franklin Perez, Christin Stewart, Beau Burrows and Lugo in debuting in 2019 or 2020.

Next: This versatile, slugging FA is a fit for the Tigers.

Add in players like Travis and Smith, as well as some of the other top prospects in the system, and the Detroit Tigers will be in for an extremely bright future.