Bleacher Report's outrageous Tigers-Braves trade won't make either team happy

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As the Tigers approach the trade deadline, the question isn't if Jack Flaherty will be traded, but where and for how much. Detroit still needs to battle to ensure that players like Tarik Skubal are untouchable, but Flaherty is now halfway through a one-year deal that's worked out perfectly for the Tigers. They've been able to get him back to form and raise his trade value, and they'll be able to let him go without much of a fuss.

While Flaherty isn't going to fetch the kind of return that the White Sox are looking for in exchange for Garrett Crochet, or that Skubal could potentially get for the Tigers for that matter, he will be able to net one or two bats that Detroit desperately need if they want to redeem this season.

'Tis the season for rumors and mock trade proposals, some more realistic than others. Bleacher Report published a particularly ridiculous one (though, to be fair, the author did note they were 'outrageous'), which would see Flaherty along with Mark Canha headed to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for their No. 2 prospect, RHP Hurston Waldrep, who got his major league debut this season.

Insane Bleacher Report trade proposal sends Jack Flaherty and Mark Canha to Braves in return for pitching prospect Hurston Waldrep

This trade would never happen in a million years for a lot of reasons. Right off the bat, it's entirely unlikely that the Tigers would let Flaherty go for only one prospect in return, much less send two players in exchange for one. If the Tigers are sellers at the deadline, they'll probably prioritize major league-ready offensive help over trying to add to the farm system. Bullpen arms could also be in the picture, but they're not a team that's looking to rebuild their prospect core.

Waldrep himself is another thing; he made his MLB debut on June 9 and was blown up by the Nationals, who got seven runs off of him in 3 2/3 innings. His June 16 start was just as bad: 3 1/3 innings, six earned runs (four on a grand slam), four walks, one hit by pitch. He was sent back down to Triple-A that very same day, and on the next, he went onto the 15-day IL with elbow inflammation, which is starting to feel like the kiss of death for pitchers.

Sure, Waldrep is only 22 and still has a very high ceiling despite a bum major league debut. However, the Tigers will be looking for players that will be able to help them extract a winning season this year, and Waldrep doesn't fit that bill.

Flaherty will be going somewhere at the deadline, but it probably won't be to Atlanta, and it definitely won't be just for a single highly-ranked prospect. 'Outrageous' indeed.