Detroit Tigers: 5 players who could be traded

May 31, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) celebrates with teammates after the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) celebrates with teammates after the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers Trade Candidate 2: LHP Andrew Chafin

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Jul 2, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Andrew Chafin (37) pitches in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Tigers signed Andrew Chafin to a two-year, $13-million deal this offseason because they thought he would add depth to their bullpen and be a valuable weapon against left-handed hitters. After a bit of a slow start due to a minor injury, Chafin has been exactly what the team wanted.

Through 35 appearances covering 29.2 innings he owns a 2.73 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk rate of 3.89. He has been as advertised against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .600 OPS, but he’s been even better against right-handed batters, keeping them to a .505 OPS.

So why trade him? Unfortunately, Chafin’s contract contains an opt-out clause after year one. He has pitched well enough to take another chance at free agency this offseason, so the Tigers are looking at a situation where they probably need to trade him or risk losing him for nothing.

Chance to be traded: 85%

Potential fits: Every contender, but specifically San Francisco, the New York Mets, Milwaukee, Tampa, and Philadelphia

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