Detroit Tigers trade ideas: American League West
Although the former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher signed with the 2021 American League champions before last season as a free agent, Stanek still has two years of arbitration eligibility through 2023.
The right-handed reliever threw 68.1 innings last season with 83 strikeouts and a 3.42 ERA.
Stanek is a great pickup for a team ready to contend looking for relievers with postseason experience.
Los Angeles Angels
Mayfield is a great bench/reserve infielder for a team who needs to rest their stars here and there.
After being traded to the Angels midseason last year he popped 10 homers in 232 at-bats.
The 31-year-old has already played for three clubs in the A.L. West, so why not give a team in the Central a try?
The versatile Kemp saw a career-high in playing time in 2021 for the A’s. Kemp can play both the infield and the outfield and had a .800 OPS this past campaign.
Kemp’s another player that can win the second base job in spring training but still, bounce around as needed securing even more playing time.
The former Astro and Cub will probably not steal a ton of bases, but he’s controllable through 2023 and has played for successful organizations.
One of the biggest targets on this list, who wouldn’t benefit from having Mitch Haniger patrol their outfield day in and day out?
The Mariners are competitive again, but they will also have to consider the future of their organization. There’s no guarantee they will recapture their 2021 magic, and Haniger will be sought after by all teams looking to make a splash.
The career 14 WAR star is set to hit free agency after this coming season.
Drafted 38th overall by Milwaukee in 2012, Haniger belted 39 homers and drove in 100 runs last season.
The Tigers seem to be set at outfield, but if Haniger joined the roster it would be an upgrade at every one of Detroit’s outfield positions. The idea would be to lock him up with a multi-year contract to be a cornerstone in Motown for years to come.
Yes, yes, I know the Rangers probably aren’t going to move the 25-year-old right-hander less than a year after acquiring him, but he’d be a great piece to add to the Tigers bullpen in hopes he can one day potentially step into the rotation.
At one time a heralded Dodgers prospect, Santana can reach the mid-to-high 90s with his fastball with regularity.
After touching the big leagues in several seasons, Santana finally got a real big-league look after arriving in Arlington. Santana pitched to a 3.63 ERA over 39 games for Texas.