Things have been quiet on the Detroit Tigers trade rumor front
We’re just four days away from the MLB Trade Deadline, and other than the Tarik Skubal rumors from the other day, there haven’t been any real trade rumors involving the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers have plenty of assets to move, mostly from their bullpen, but there hasn’t been any rumors of teams linked to Detroit’s relievers. Why is that? Why are things so quiet this close to the trade deadline?
Well, there are a couple of reasons. First, it’s a seller’s market this year. There aren’t many teams looking to sell in the first place. The two additional playoff spots haven’t helped matters, as teams that are hovering around .500 are now trying to add to their roster in an effort to sneak into that last wild card spot.
Prices are likely very high right now, especially given that two of the best players in baseball in Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani are on the market and will command a fortune and a half. They will probably come down next week as the deadline draws closer, and things will actually pick up.
So far there’s only been two trades this week, and both of them were pretty low-profile and netted very little in return. The Yankees acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Royals for three minor league prospects, the highest of which (RHP Beck Way) was ranked No. 19 in New York’s farm system on MLB Pipeline, and is now Kansas City’s No. 12 prospect. and Mets acquired reliever Phillip Diehl and outfielder Tyler Naquin from the Reds in exchange for a couple of low minors prospects.
Naquin and Benintendi are both free agents at the end of the year, so they’re both rental bats. The Detroit Tigers could probably get just a little bit more for their rental relievers such as Michael Fulmer and Andrew Chafin since relievers are always overvalued at the deadline.
It seems as if the likelihood of the Tigers making a big splash by trading Skubal or Gregory Soto is pretty slim at the moment. If they do decide to trade them, they’ll probably wait until the offseason.
Right now, all Detroit Tigers fans can do is play the waiting game. It’s unfortunate, but that’s where we’re at. The rumors—and by extension, the trades—will come in due time.