Detroit Tigers-Winter trade partners series: Oakland A’s

May 27, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40), first baseman Matt Olson (28), catcher Sean Murphy (12) and third baseman Matt Chapman (26) celebrate after Bassitt’s complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Angels at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40), first baseman Matt Olson (28), catcher Sean Murphy (12) and third baseman Matt Chapman (26) celebrate after Bassitt’s complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Angels at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 9, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

Oakland A’s LHP Sean Manaea

Manaea was a workhorse before having shoulder surgery in 2019 and has slowly become a solid starter for Oakland,  throwing in a career-high 30 starts so far this season.  His FIP is 3.70 and has struck out 180 in 166.2 innings and has walked 39, however, he has given up 24 home runs this season.

The good K rate and low walks would give Detroit another lefty to complement Tarik Skubal. He is good against other AL Central teams, 10-1 in 14 starts (including Detroit, 13-2).  He is set to be a free agent in 2023.

This would give Detroit a pitcher with at least two years of club control while prospects like Ty Madden and Jackson Jobe come into the fold.  In terms of packages, keep in mind that the A’s new High-A affiliate this season is based in Lansing and they could use some more arms with upside. There was not much to see outside of Colin Peluse and Jorge Juan, who got off to a rough start for the Lugnuts so it could be possible they could want someone like Brendan White or Beau Brieske.

If Detroit wants to contend next season heading into a pitching free-agent market that has a lot of high-priced arms, these two pitchers could be the way to go and place money in upgrading the outfield more or the biggest need, a shortstop.

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