Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the Toronto Blue Jays
By Ben Rosener
Detroit Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila could conceivably make some trades this offseason. One potential trade partner is Toronto.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen many of the team’s impact performers from last season depart already.
In terms of fWAR, three of the top seven Tigers position players from last season have been traded in the past few months.
Those players, obviously, would be catcher Alex Avila as well as outfielders J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton.
This is all without mentioning ace starting pitcher Justin Verlander and shutdown closer Justin Wilson, both of whom were also dealt.
One other impact player who could be dealt is second baseman Ian Kinsler (2.4 fWAR).
According to the folks at Spotrac, the 35-year-old has just one year of controllability left before becoming a free agent at the conclusion of the 2018 campaign.
Taking his age and expiring contract into account, he isn’t a hand and glove fit for a rebuild.
While it remains to be seen if Kinsler will be moved, one conceivable trade partner is the Toronto Blue Jays.
This is all purely speculative mind you, but the American League East franchise could hypothetically match up with the Tigers in a mutually-beneficial deal.