Bleacher Report suggests early Tigers trade deadline candidates with a star option

Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch (left) and president of baseball operations Scott Harris (right)
Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch (left) and president of baseball operations Scott Harris (right) / Evan Petzold / USA TODAY NETWORK

Seventeen games into the regular season, the Detroit Tigers have only won three of 10 games by more than two runs, and they're sitting at 29th in MLB in total home runs through Tuesday's game against the Rangers, with 13. Even during their 8-2 trouncing of the Twins last week, a solo home run from Mark Canha was the only indicator of big power anywhere in Detroit's lineup.

Their ridiculous streak of oftentimes heart attack-inducing low-scoring games indicate that pitching has been fantastic and offense has been less so, and although the Tigers have managed to keep things in their favor so far, their schedule will have them facing the heavy-hitters in the AL East within a few weeks. The offense will either need to dig deep or Tigers pitchers will need to work overtime, and the former feels like asking for bare minimum at this point.

Although the Tigers made it very clear during the offseason that they weren't looking to sign hitters to hefty contracts and would probably feel the same about acquiring them, could they look ahead to the trade deadline and make an unexpected move to add some power?

Bleacher Report floated the idea of adding the Mets' Pete Alonso, who has sometimes seemed to have one foot out the door in Queens in his last year before free agency.

With the Tigers in desperate need for some power, Bleacher Report suggested Pete Alonso as a trade deadline option

It's a pipe dream, sure, and the Bleacher Report article acknowledged that despite its initial suggestion, writing that the Marlins' Jake Burger would be a more realistic fit. Alonso is owed over $20 million in his last arbitration year, which the Tigers probably wouldn't fathom taking on, and the Mets' asking price for Alonso would likely be steep. Detroit also loves their young core and are the opposite of eager to give any of them up.

But it's nice to dream sometimes. Alonso is the only Met to have two 40 home run seasons and has a .529 career slugging percentage, while the Tigers are sitting at a .321 slugging percentage as a team so far this season.

There's always hope that Kerry Carpenter, Spencer Torkelson, and Jake Rogers will get hot and go back to their 20+ home run ways from last season (30+ in Carpenter's case). Anything to get a little more power in this lineup.

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