Detroit Tigers Hot Take: The team should not target Clint Frazier as the primary return in trade talks surrounding Michael Fulmer.
Rumors have begun flying around that the Detroit Tigers are listening in on trade offers for star pitcher Michael Fulmer.
The Yankees have shown significant interest in the right-hander, and they have a pool of young prospects that could entice the Tigers into moving Fulmer.
One of those young players is outfielder Clint Frazier.
Frazier, 23, was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Cleveland Indians.
He was shipped to the Yankees in the trade deadline deal that gave the Indians stud left-hander Andrew Miller. Miller helped lead the Indians all the way to Game Seven of the World Series in 2016.
The Yankees are unlikely to give up stud middle infielder Gleyber Torres. Frazier may seem like the next best thing the Tigers could get for Fulmer.
However, the Tigers would be making a mistake by focusing on Frazier as the prize of the deal.
Don’t get me wrong – Frazier has a lot going for him. He would likely come in and compete for a starting job immediately. At 23, he could be a big piece of Detroit’s future.
However, there are enough concerns about Frazier that the Tigers should look elsewhere in the Yankees system to move Fulmer.