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Detroit Tigers: 5 shortstop trade targets

Miguel Rojas in action against the New York Mets. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Miguel Rojas in action against the New York Mets. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Tigers Shortstop Trade Option Number 4 – Kyle Farmer

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Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer reaches for a ball. /

Is it exciting to trade for a 31-year-old shortstop with a career 84 wRC+ and 4.7% walk rate? No, not exactly, but Kyle Farmer is another seemingly available option with a strong glove and a little bit of pop. Last year he batted .263 with a career-high 16 home runs while ranking among the league leaders in Outs Above Average. That’s pretty impressive given Farmer was primarily a catcher in the minor leagues.

There’s not much upside with Farmer, but he’s under team control for three more years, and he could theoretically move back to catcher if things go sideways. Meanwhile, the Reds are clearly undergoing some form of a rebuild, and they seemingly already have Farmer’s replacement in the form of top prospect José Barrero. Cincinnati is losing its best hitter, and they probably need some young bodies in the outfield:

Daz Cameron hasn’t hit enough in his short MLB career, but he’s shown flashes of power and speed, and he can capably handle all three outfield positions. The Reds had one of the worst defensive outfields in baseball last year, so even if Cameron doesn’t hit right away he could still provide some value to the club.

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