3 Ways the Detroit Tigers offseason could turn spooky

Sep 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Star War character Chewbacca throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Luke Putkonen (36) before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Star War character Chewbacca throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Luke Putkonen (36) before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 1, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Riley Greene (31) touches home plate in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports /

1. The Detroit Tigers trade Riley Greene

Put down the pitchforks, folks. I don’t think it happens–but trading your rising star would be a surefire way for Scott Harris to create some enemies among the fanbase. Greene was a breath of fresh air upon returning to the lineup from a foot injury, and his play in center field surprised even those who have watched him during his minor league days.

He improved throughout the season and was always a tough at-bat, even if the strikeout numbers suggest otherwise. His willingness to go deep into counts, battle, and make adjustments throughout the game is a trait that was lacking throughout the lineup in 2022.

I’m a big proponent of the idea that nobody is ‘untradeable.’ There are deals that everyone would make for Riley Greene in a heartbeat–and as painful as it would be to see him go, the return in a lopsided trade would be well worth it. That said, it’s difficult to see a team ponying up for such a player, and seeing Greene in a different uniform would undoubtedly meet the ‘spooky’ criteria.