The Detroit Tigers need to learn how to capitalize on efficient transactions.
One of the things the Detroit Tigers have not done well is capitalizing on the trade market. During Al Avila’s seven-year tenure, it feels like the fanbase had sat back and been forced to punch the air as the team opted not to trade Matt Boyd or even not trading Michael Fulmer back when the Gleyber Torres rumors were big.
It feels like there were a lot of missed opportunities in the trade market. When the Tigers have pulled the trigger on deals, the benefits have been players like Zack Short. Even though Reese Olson was someone to be excited about, he’s not going to be an elite-level prospect.
The Austin Meadows trade looks horrific on the other side, with the Tampa Bay Rays getting a draft pick and potential prospect on top of Isaac Paredes being a present big leaguer in the summer of 2022.
The Tigers trade market has been horrendous. The Orioles have sung to a different tune. During this trade deadline, they opted to move veteran Trey Mancini for two prospects, including a pitching prospect (Chayce McDermott), who immediately helped stock the farm system.
On top of that, they have made smaller moves with high-ceiling prospects coking back in return. The point is that the Orioles’ front office has an excellent talent evaluation system. They make informed decisions on their transactions, and the Tigers’ new regime has to be able to employ a similar set of tactics.