Reason 2: He’ll probably cost very little
The Marlins have virtually no leverage in this situation. They are keeping him out of games for disciplinary reasons without any input from MLB. There’s a chance he doesn’t play again this season, and possibly not ever again for Miami.
The Marlins can’t really set a price on Watson if they aren’t going to allow him to play. Because of that, he shouldn’t cost very much in a trade, and that heavily benefits a team like the Detroit Tigers.
To get a player of his talent at a low price would be huge for the organization, even if he’s only in Low-A. Even if he doesn’t work out as a middle infielder, he’s athletic enough to where they could throw him in the outfield.
It could just be a simple prospect swap. It could be a prospect and cash. Heck, it could even be similar to what the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals pulled off yesterday by trading a draft pick and a prospect or two for him.
Either way, it shouldn’t be too difficult to acquire Watson. It’s a potential low(ish)-risk, high reward deal, and that’s exactly what the Tigers are looking for.