2 Detroit Tigers trade rumors we hope come true, 1 we hope doesn't happen

The trade deadline is here and Tigers are right in the thick of things looking to score big.
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The Tigers need to match up with the Rays on a trade for their bullpen pieces

Stepping away from the starting pitching market, the Tigers have a number of intriguing bullpen arms that are varying degrees of available at the deadline in Alex Lange, Jason Foley, Jose Cisnero, and Chasen Shreve. Shreve and Cisnero are set to hit free agency after the season and will almost certainly get moved. Lange and Foley have a good amount of team control remaining and would cost a pretty penny for Detroit to consider moving.

The bullpen market is the deepest pool of players at the trade deadline this year league wide but if the Tigers want to maximize their return for their guys, they need to partner up with the Rays at the deadline. Fortunately, the Rays are very much in the market for bullpen help and have already shown that they are going to be aggressive at the deadline with their trade for Aaron Civale.

Tampa is in a very similar boat as Baltimore as they have a great young core, but the Rays are arguably more desperate because a tough July saw them lose a ton of ground in the AL East. Adding Civale will help them significantly, but injuries have hurt their bullpen depth and they could be looking to add multiple relievers. This is where the Tigers fit in.

While their farm system isn't as deep as it usually is, the Rays are still loaded with young talent and Detroit could land a nice chunk of it if they were able to package a few of their available relievers together in deal especially if the deal included Lange and/or Foley. The Rays are a very smart team, though, so the Tigers would need to do their due diligence and target the right prospects. However, if executed correctly, the Tigers could score big here.

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