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As we near closer to the MLB All-Star break, teams will start assessing whether they're going to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline on July 31.
One team most likely to be a seller is the Detroit Tigers, currently enduring another sub-.500 season in the AL Central. The Tigers have not competed for a few years now and would be wise to sell their most attractive veteran assets for the best farm prospects they can net.
Here are three players most likely to get dealt from Detroit this season.
3. Matthew Boyd
If the Tigers want to go after the biggest trade haul possible, they should considering shopping Boyd, their best player by a mile so far this season. Boyd has surprised many as one of the best starters in baseball, with a 2.85 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 12 starts. He is exceeding all expectations after a mediocre career to this point, so selling high on the 28-year-old may be best for Detroit's future.
2. Nicholas Castellanos
An ongoing subject of trade rumors, it may finally be time for the Tigers to move Castellanos as he heads into free agency after this season. The only issue is he is off to a rough start so far, so the market may be tepid. Detroit can still hope Castellanos gets hot as the trade deadline approaches, but they may be forced to take the best offer available if they don't intend on re-signing the 27-year-old hitter.
1. Shane Greene
Finally, the Tigers most realistic asset this season is likely their closer, due to the fact that contending teams are always looking for bullpen help at the trade deadline. Greene has been one of the most impressive relievers in baseball this season, racking up 18 saves on the strength of an 1.13 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. If he can keep it up, he should have several suitors and can net the Tigers a few decent prospects in the process.
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