Detroit Tigers: Exploring a trade with the Angels

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SEATTLE, WA - MAY 20: Francisco Liriano #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning during their game at Safeco Field on May 20, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 20: Francisco Liriano #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning during their game at Safeco Field on May 20, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium on June 6, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers’ General Manager Al Avila has a lot of trade chips to use before the trade deadline. The Angels could be an intriguing trade partner.

The Detroit Tigers are in rebuilding mode. That means that instead of trying to buy talent at the trade deadline, like they’ve done in year’s past, they will be sellers.

We already mentioned the Mariners as a contending team with multiple needs that could match up well with what the Tigers have to offer. While many of those trade scenarios still work, there is another AL West team with holes on their roster that the Tigers could help fill.

And the two teams are quite familiar trading amongst each other.

The Los Angeles Angels already employ former Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and left fielder Justin Upton. However, the recent loss of Shohei Ohtani for a yet undetermined amount of time has left the Halos lacking in both their rotation and their offense.

Additionally, they’ve had injuries hurt their bullpen and have had underwhelming performances from some key offensive players. There are a handful of different ways these two teams could once again connect on a trade.

Here are a few players the Detroit Tigers are expected to shop, where they could potentially fit in LA, and what prospects the Tigers could fetch in return.

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