Detroit Tigers: 4 Michael Fulmer trade destinations

Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer walks off the field.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer walks off the field. /
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Michael Fulmer Trade Destination 3: New York Mets

Michael Fulmer
May 12, 2021 – Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar catches the ball in front of Dominic Smith. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Michael Fulmer began his career in the New York Mets organization, but they traded him to Detroit when they needed a big outfield bat. The Mets’ bullpen is deep and talented right now, but they’re in a tightly contested division, so adding more talent never hurts. On the other hand, New York may have the least productive outfield in baseball, and they could certainly use help there. So let’s make this one a bit more interesting. Here’s our proposal:

Grossman is currently outperforming the entire Mets outfield by himself, and his extra year of team control gives New York a bit of insurance for 2022 should Michael Conforto leave in free agency. The Mets gave Ronny Mauricio a $2 million bonus out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, and though he has never put up great in-game numbers, scouts still seem to adore his potential. He’s a 6’3 switch-hitter with good bat-to-ball skills, the potential for average power, and a decent chance to stick at shortstop. He’s been ranked a top-100 prospect at many outlets, but he seems more like a potential average big-leaguer than a star.

Carlos Cortes is half-a-foot shorter than Mauricio, and instead of being a switch hitter, he’s a switch thrower. Cortes isn’t a terribly good defender at second base or in the outfield, but he’s a lefty who puts the bat on the ball, takes his walks, and has fringe-average power. He could develop into a solid platoon option.