The Detroit Tigers have surprised everyone this year. They were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the majors, but thanks to some quality pitching and hot bats, the Tigers are in second place in the AL Central division. However, it isn’t realistic for them to win the division, so they should try and trade some players for prospects. Here are three guys I believe the Tigers should trade right now.
He’s been scorching hot over the past few weeks, making him very attractive to any team needing infield help. In the month of June, Iglesias is hitting .329 with two triples, six doubles, five stolen bases and nine RBI. You know Iglesias is going to be sound defensively, but his .273 average on the year is something teams can’t ignore. If the Tigers were to trade Iglesias, that would open up space for Dawel Lugo, who is hitting .286 with 17 doubles and 29 RBI for the Toledo Mud Hens. I don’t anticipate Iglesias getting any hotter than he has been, so the club needs to act fast if they want to get a good haul of prospects for him.
Greene got off to a very slow start this year, but has bounced back to become one of the Tigers’ most consistent options out of the bullpen. In 2018, Greene is 2-3 with 19 saves, 40 strikeouts and a 3.57 earned run average. Greene wouldn’t be the closer on a contender, but he proved last year that he can be a good set up man and he used to be a starter so he can be a spot starter or provide long relief. Trading Greene would give Joe Jimenez an opportunity to be the Tigers’ closer. Jimenez has been excellent this season for the Tigers. The 23-year old is 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 36.1 innings. Greene is a good closer, but trading him to a contender would bring in a good haul of prospects while allowing younger players to take on bigger roles.
I wrote an article about trading Liriano last month, but the Tigers didn’t pull the trigger. Since I wrote that article, Liriano has spent time on the DL and hasn’t pitched well. Over his past two starts, Liriano has allowed seven runs in just nine innings. However, I still think he has some value for a contender. Maybe not as a starter, but there are a lot of teams that would love to add a veteran lefty to help in the bullpen. Liriano is only on a one year deal, so the Tigers won’t get a lot for him, but getting something is better than nothing. It’s better to acquire a prospect at a position of need than to wait and lose Liriano for nothing.