Between Sunday and Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers roster may look a little different. Let’s look at the rumors and what players that Detroit could acquire that would make sense.
As the Detroit Tigers head into August 19 games under .500, it is safe to say that they are looking to sell in the next few days as the MLB Trade Deadline draws near. The Tigers have several pitchers in their bullpen that teams could use for their post-season run.
Michael Fulmer, Joe Jimenez and Andrew Chafin along with Gregory Soto, have been rumored to be on the go. Both Fulmer and Chafin are free agents this off-season and Soto is under club control until 2026 and Jimenez until 2024.
There was the rumor about Tarik Skubal that was thrown out there earlier in the week, but a tweet by Jon Morosi of MLB.com has indicated that the Tigers would have to be blown away by an offer.
Sources say #Tigers taking similar approach with Tarik Skubal and Gregory Soto: They will engage in trade talks if a team offers multiple high-impact players, at or near the @MLB level. If that doesn't happen, the Tigers are happy to keep both. @MLBNetwork@NBCSports
That story sparked a fired up Tarik Skubal after his start against the Padres when he spoke to the media after the game.
Tarik Skubal: "I would like to give a shoutout to our fans this homestand. They were fucking phenomenal. Make sure you get that. It was a good environment. … They were just there every game. The season hasn't gone the way we wanted it to, but they continue to show up."
Myself, Chris and Yooper talked about it on this week’s podcast that the whole premise of the trade does not make sense, considering what Detroit has been receiving in their last few trades, so it appears it was nothing more than a suggestion.
Could the Detroit Tigers go north looking for a bat?
According to reports, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking at Fulmer to add to their bullpen. They currently lead the AL Wild Card and boast one of the best offenses in the American League. Toronto is also looking at a starting pitcher to provide some depth to their rotation.
So what does Toronto have that would be attractive for Detroit to trade for? There is catcher Danny Jansen. The right-handed catcher has a wRC+ of 128 this season, batting .230/.289/.552 with 9 home runs and 21 RBIs.
With 2022 All-Star Alejandro Kirk now essentially the number one catcher, off the bench, the Jays could use Zack Collins, who is a left-handed bat, to back up Kirk and still have prospect Gabriel Moreno, who has seen some time this season in the bigs. However, Detroit has four catchers in Jake Rogers, Eric Haase, Tucker Barnhart and now Ali Sanchez on the 40-man roster.
Haase has established himself as the everyday catcher with an impressive month of July. He put up a slash line of .300/.346/.517 with a wRC+ of 146. Unless Detroit plans on moving a catcher, you could have made the case for Jansen before the season began, but the off-season work Haase has put in is showing and after a slow start, he looks to be on track.
One name to consider is utility infielder Vinny Capra. He has cut his strikeout rate to draw a better walk rate. He can play multiple positions across the diamond, but the downside is, he hasn’t played since June 2 with hamstring issues.
Another name to consider who is down in Double-A is Addison Barger, who is Rule 5 eligible in December. He can play short or third and has seen ten games at 1st base. Since he was called up from High-A, he is hitting .462/.509/.769 for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats with four home runs and nine RBI. On the season, he has 18 home runs and shown power at all levels.
Addison Barger is going to get a promotion to AAA by the end of the season if he keeps it up.