Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the San Diego Padres
The second Travis in this hypothetical trade is Travis Jankowski. Like Wood, he could step in and play a prominent role from Opening Day onwards.
A 26-year-old outfield with four years of controllability remaining (according to Spotrac), Jankowski isn’t eligible for arbitration until next offseason.
A speed merchant, the outfield was limited to just 87 plate appearances in 2017. However, he showed plenty of upside in 2016.
Over 131 games, including 383 plate appearances, during that season, Jankowski accrued a 3.1 BsR, 30 stolen bases, an 11.0% walk percentage and an 83 wRC+ en route to notching a 2.1 WAR.
It also didn’t hurt that he posted a strong 12.2 Def, a 20.9 UZR/150 and a +3 DRS in 697 innings in center field.
He’d make for an intriguing outfield troika with JaCoby Jones and Mikie Mahtook where defense and base running are concerned.
Jankowski’s controllability and relative youth could also make him a long-term piece in Detroit.
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However, at worst he’s an outfield stop-gap option that will improve the team’s defense and base running while also bridging the gap to prospects like Christin Stewart, Daz Cameron, Derek Hill and Jose Azocar.