Detroit Tigers should NOT pursue Clint Frazier in Fulmer talks

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Clint Frazier
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Clint Frazier /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 22: Giovanny Gallegos
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 22: Giovanny Gallegos /

As good as Florial is, the Tigers would want another prospect or two in order to move Fulmer.

One additional piece the Tigers could go after is second baseman Nick Solak.

Solak, 22, spent most of last season at High-A. He hit .301/.397/.460 with 10 home runs, 13 stolen bases, a 13.1% walk rate and a 153 wRC+.

He was promoted to Double-A and hit .286 with a 112 wRC+ in 119 at-bats.

The Tigers are in need of middle infield depth.

Both Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias are potential trade candidates. Dixon Machado profiles more as a utility infielder, and infield prospects Dawel Lugo and Isaac Paredes are a few years away from making the big leagues.

Solak could start at second base for the Tigers as soon as 2019. His defensive profile is a bit murky, but if he can play at least average defense at second he should be a solid big league regular.

Being able to move Fulmer for a high-upside outfield prospect and a solid second base prospect would be a strong move for General Manager Al Avila.

Getting a pitching prospect included would be even better.

The Yankees are flush with flamethrowing pitching prospects. While they will not part with their stud arms like Chance Adams or Justus Sheffield (not if they are moving Florial) the Tigers could still squeeze a hard-throwing pitcher out of them in a potential Fulmer trade.

A few names to keep on the radar in the Yankees system include Freicer Perez, Dillon Tate, Domingo German and Giovanny Gallegos.

Perez, Tate and German are all starting pitching prospects who have a 60 grade fastball or higher. Each of them comes with some level of risk (all pitching prospects do) but each could factor into the Detroit rotation in the next year or so.

Gallegos is a relief pitcher who posted 69 strikeouts in 43.1 innings at Triple-A last season. He has an explosive fastball and would likely find his way into the Detroit bullpen as soon as 2018.

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Trading Michael Fulmer would be a hard pill for Tiger fans to swallow. However, if the Tigers are hoping to deal Fulmer for prospects that will help them compete in 2020 and beyond, they should consider moving the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year.

Just not for Clint Frazier.