Detroit Tigers: 5 players who could be traded
Detroit Tigers Trade Candidate 5: LHP Tarik Skubal
There’s been an awful lot of Twitter chatter about how Detroit needs to consider trading Tarik Skubal if they want to acquire the kind of bats they need to compete. That may well be true, but it’s hard to imagine it happening unless the Tigers hire a new GM in the next few days. Skubal is one of the few success stories of this rebuild, and trading him now would essentially kick off a second rebuild.
There’s no doubt Skubal would be coveted on the trade market. He has struggled a bit over the last month, but he remains a left-handed starter with rare velocity, a collection of above-average secondary offerings, and a top-ten FIP. Skubal is also still just 25, and he’s under team control four another four seasons. Teams just don’t trade players like that.
We won’t rule it out completely, but for the Tigers to make a move they would probably need to be blown away by a trade package that includes both quality young big leaguers AND prospects. It seems pretty unlikely.
Chance to be traded: 5%
Potential fits: San Francisco, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Toronto, New York Mets