Detroit Tigers: 3 Under the Radar Trade Targets

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Tigers general manager Al Avila, pictured here with all the high-level prospects likely to be change teams at this year's deadline.
Tigers general manager Al Avila, pictured here with all the high-level prospects likely to be change teams at this year's deadline. /
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Seattle Mariners left fielder Jake Fraley (28) makes a diving catch against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

There’s no reason the Detroit Tigers can’t make an under-the-radar trade to improve the team.

It’s no secret the Detroit Tigers offense has struggled this year. Despite some recent signs of life, the offense is in the bottom five in the MLB in run production, strikeouts, and OPS.

With the pitching staff showing some improvement across the board, the Tigers need to find some bats to follow suit, as they look to put together a presentable product going into next season. As it’s been well-documented recently, Al Avila’s job likely depends on it.

One strategy that has proven successful for rebuilding teams recently is acquiring talent on the roster fringes of other competing organizations. One look at the rosters of the Rays and Dodgers shows a myriad of talent that is blocked by established veterans on the MLB roster.

We have seen this work for the Texas Rangers a few times over the last few seasons, acquiring both Nate Lowe and Nick Solak, two young players who were facing a roster crunch in Tampa Bay, who are now successful regulars in the heart of the Texas batting order.

This approach is not limited to young players either, as we saw the Giants pluck new leadoff hitter Mike Tauchmann from the depths of the Yankees roster in exchange for a bullpen arm earlier this year.

We know that Al Avila and creativity go together like vampires and garlic, but, as we move into trade deadline season, now is the time for Avila to harness any ounce of creativity he can find within himself and target some undervalued bats who can help fill out the gaps in the Tigers lineup. As far as who he should target specifically, I have a few ideas:

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