Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the San Diego Padres
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 San Diego.
Detroit Tigers players and fans have seen many of the team’s best players traded in the last year.
From the salary-saving move to deal Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, to some key in-season trades during the 2017 campaign, plenty of veteran talent has left the Motor City.
In addition to Maybin, that group includes ace starting pitcher Justin Verlander, catcher Alex Avila, closer Justin Wilson and outfielders J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton.
With the Tigers now entering a rebuilding phase, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Al Avila trade away more of the team’s veterans for future prospects.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler and closer Shane Greene are two of the franchise’s best trade chips, while right-handed reliever Alex Wilson could conceivably be dealt as well.
Another one of Detroit’s more conceivable trade candidates is shortstop Jose Iglesias.
The former Red Sox player provides plenty of value defensively (14.3 Def, +4 DRS). However, he wasn’t exactly a Silver Slugger finalist at the plate.
In 489 plate appearances, Iglesias registered a 71 wRC+ and a .283 wOBA.
Still, there’s plenty of value to be had with Iglesias, especially considering he doesn’t strike out much (12.3 career strike out percentage) and can add some pop at shortstop.
Last season the veteran turned in a career-best .114 ISO at the dish.
Whether Iglesias is traded this offseason remains to be seen, but here’s a hypothetical trade involving the Detroit Tigers and the San Diego Padres.