Detroit Tigers Trade Rumors: Jeimer Candelario being targeted

Jeimer Candelario in action against the Kansas City Royals. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Jeimer Candelario in action against the Kansas City Royals. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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Jeimer Candelario Trade Destination Number 2: New York Yankees

Jeimer Candelario
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton throws a pitch. Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

Let’s get a little creative here. The New York Yankees just made a big trade to land Joey Gallo, but they’re up against the luxury tax threshold, so they upped their prospect package to get the Rangers to eat all of Gallo’s salary for the rest of the season. The Detroit Tigers are in good financial shape, and Al Avila said they could even look to add players. The Yankees have been just average at first base and third base this season, they’ve been well below-average against right-handed pitching, and contenders can always use relief help.

Jeimer Candelario is a New York native who can ably fill in at either corner spot and gives the Bronx Bombers another solid lefty bat with patience. Cisnero is a quality reliever who can work the late innings and is under team control for multiple years. Britton has been an excellent reliever for New York in the past, but he’s been injured for most of the season and wild when he has pitched, and he’s expensive. The Tigers could eat the rest of his $13 million salary this year, and afford to pay him the $14 million he’s owed next year, potentially paving the way for the Yankees to make a run at one of the big free agent shortstops. Which brings us to Detroit’s prospect return.

The New York Yankees have two impressive young shortstop prospects in Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe. Teams don’t usually trade prospects like that, but you can only play one shortstop at a time, and the Yankees have never been shy about filling needs via free agency. Peraza is a strong defender at shortstop, with plus speed and burgeoning power, and he has a chance to be average or better at the big-league level. Britton could help manage innings for the rest of 2021, and there’s an outside chance get could recover and be a decent trade chip for the Tigers in 2022.