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Detroit Tigers: Exploring Mike Fiers Trade Scenarios

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 27: Mike Fiers #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Comerica Park on June 27, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 27: Mike Fiers #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Comerica Park on June 27, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 30: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

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In the AL East arms race, a move to acquire Mike Fiers would hardly move the needle. However, Fiers is exactly the arm the Yankees could look for if they don’t land a bigger name. He would provide a stable, calming presence to the back-end of the rotation. Sonny Gray has not performed in 2018. Masahiro Tanaka has been inconsistent and injured. Jordan Montgomery is out for the year after succumbing to Tommy John surgery. Domingo German has made 12 starts this year, but also has struggled to find consistency.

With Fiers, the Yankees could plug him into the rotation and find someone ready to pitch and try to go deep into games every five days.

The Yankees have a deep, talented farm system, but Mike Fiers isn’t likely to provide a strong return. More likely is a raw, young prospect with some upside but some risk as well. Isiah Gilliam could be an asset the Detroit Tigers look to get back. Gilliam provides some pop with the bat, and will need to consistently make contact to tap into that power potential.

An outfielder now, he lacks the defensive ability or run tool to stay there long-term and profiles more as a first baseman. Gilliam ranks just inside the Yankees’ Top 30 prospects according to MLBPipeline.

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