Now is a great time to speculate about the Detroit Tigers trade deadline candidates.
At the risk of jumping the gun on talk of buying or selling, it’s worth considering where the Detroit Tigers are at as a team. They started off the season about as poorly as possible, struggling to an 8-19 start that was hampered by horrendous hitting. After some roster shuffling and miracle work by pitching coach Chris Fetter and manager AJ Hinch, the Tigers rebounded in May to post a winning record for the month.
The Tigers are in an interesting spot this deadline. On one hand, they have some veteran players who will garner plenty of trade interest from contenders. However, these veterans may be needed going into next season as the team looks to open their competition window around their young core.
There is some concern about the trade deadline when it comes to trading the veterans on the Tigers pitching staff. Matt Manning has struggled in Triple-A Toledo and left-hander Joey Wentz is coming back post Tommy John but it is uncertain when he will be ready to come up and pitch in Detroit at any point soon. Beyond that, the depth gets thin. The front office will have some hard decisions to make.
Yesterday, MLB Trade Rumors posted their first of what will be many trade deadline rumor articles highlighting ranking five Tigers in their top 50 trade candidates. As trade speculation ramps up, one thing is for certain: the Detroit Tigers have several intriguing trade options.