With the MLB trade deadline getting closer and closer, time is ticking away for the Detroit Tigers to find landing spots for their top assets.
It’s been clear all season long that the Detroit Tigers are going to be major sellers heading into the July 31st trade deadline. With that being under two weeks away, several teams have come out as interested in certain Tigers players, mainly starting pitcher Matthew Boyd and closer Shane Greene, but no deals have been made yet.
As reported by MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi on Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to show interest in Shane Greene. Although with his similarities to current Dodger reliever Joe Kelly, Morosi points out, LA might be somewhat hesitant to add Greene to the bullpen.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers, along with the Yankees, Braves, Rays, and Reds all had scouts in attendance at Thursday night’s game between the Indians and Detroit Tigers in Cleveland. With Matthew Boyd starting on the mound for the Tigers, the scouts may have been there to take a look at Cleveland’s starter, Trevor Bauer, as well.
Boyd lasted six innings on Thursday and surrendered five earned runs on six hits, including giving up two home runs. With scouts in attendance from several teams rumored to be interested in the lefty, that is likely not the performance Detroit was hoping for. However, Boyd did still manage to strike out eight Cleveland hitters, a solid performance in that aspect despite ending his streak out double-digit strikeout starts.
Back to Jon Paul Morosi, the MLB.com reporter also hints at the fact that Detroit could look within the AL Central as the Twins have interest Boyd and Greene. Morosi brings up that the Tigers would most likely ask for a very hefty return, especially for Boyd, from Minnesota in order to send one or both of the team’s top arms to a club within the division.
The trade deadline is less than two weeks away now, and Detroit Tigers fans are wondering when deals will finally be made. GM Al Avila certainly has his pick of teams to choose from when it comes to making a deal, but we could be left waiting until the final minutes.