The Detroit Tigers' most coveted prospects in trade

Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe throws live batting practice during spring training
Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe throws live batting practice during spring training / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Detroit Tigers have a deep system despite the lack of blue chip talent--we examine who would be coveted by other organizations

The Detroit Tigers, in the thick of the MLB Winter Meetings, have made known their desire to both improve the product on the field while also ensuring they are acquiring and developing young players. When asked about the possibility of trading prospects in exchange for MLB talent, Harris confirmed that was indeed a possibility.

It's a refreshing idea--one that has largely been steered from during the rebuild era. Most recently, the Tigers traded Isaac Paredes and a draft pick to the Rays in exchange for Austin Meadows, but in recent years, borrowing from their prospect pool to help the MLB product has not happened.

If Harris is serious about this possibility and chooses to be aggressive in negotiations, there are several players that other organizations would ask about in a trade. Some of that would hinge on the competitive window of the club. He is no longer a prospect technically, but it would be unlikely that the Oakland A's would covet someone like Spencer Torkelson in a trade since they are still in the process of turning over their roster.

In addition, it isn't as simple as combing through prospect rankings list, either, as many lists are already fairly outdated and while many outlets do a great job of compiling information throughout the league, having the pulse on 30 clubs' farm system is a grueling and thankless task.

I should also note that I'm not giving away any sort of trade secrets here--teams have infinitely more data and scouting reports available to these players than even I do; nevertheless, I'll do my best to portray who is imperative to the system and who, by omission, they might not miss all that much.