Detroit Tigers: Exploring Jordan Zimmermann Trade Scenarios
One of the best pitchers of the last decade has seen his reign come to an end, as the mighty King Felix Hernandez has been sent to the bullpen. The move wasn’t unprecedented, as the King has an unsightly 5.62 ERA on the year.
Of course, as soon as the Mariners make the move to send Hernandez into the bullpen, their ace, James Paxton, gets drilled by a line drive and immediately leaves the game. It sounds like he avoided any major injury, but the team’s lack of depth in the rotation may allow the A’s to overtake them for a spot in the playoffs.
The Mariners are desperate, and I mean desperate, to make the playoffs. They have not been since 2001, the longest drought in the four major professional sports. Zimmermann may not be the perfect fit, but they need to add another SP if they want any shot at the wild card, and if Zimm is the best they can find I could see them ponying up and acquiring him.
Of course, Zimmermann may not waive his no trade clause, which would put a wrinkle in the whole thing. Part of his reasoning for signing with Detroit was geographical. Milwaukee would be even closer to home, whereas Seattle would be way further. If Zimm doesn’t want to go to Seattle, then the whole thing is moot.
If he does, then perhaps the Tigers could find a few lower level prospects to take from Seattle.
Here are a few to keep an eye on:
Cesar Izturis, Jr. – The son of 13-year major leaguer Cesar Izturis, junior is an 18-year-old middle infielder who profiles as a light hitting utility infielder, but who already has an advanced feel for the game.
Anthony Jimenez – A speedy outfielder with good defensive instincts and the arm to play all three spots, Jimenez has the tools to be a big league regular.