The Detroit Tigers hoped that the 2022 MLB season would finally be the year that they snapped their lengthy postseason drought. Instead, they're 24-36 through the first 60 games of the campaign, sitting a whopping 10.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central lead.
While the Tigers still have over 100 games to turn things around, that's easier said than done. There haven't been many signs that they can be a playoff team this year, pointing them towards being likely sellers as the season goes on.
The MLB trade deadline is August 2, and these three Tigers are the most likely to be moved before the first week in August.
Tigers Trade Rumors
1. Michael Pineda, SP
Veteran starting pitcher Michael Pineda is been sidelined with a broken finger since mid-May, but is expected to be back this month, making him an attractive trade target for contending teams. The 33-year-old righty was having one of the best seasons of his career before injury struck, going 1-2 in his first five starts with a 3.22 ERA and 1.075 WHIP. The former All-Star may not have any postseason experience, but he has 174 regular-season starts under his belt and his recent play is enough to shore up any rotation.
2. Robbie Grossman, OF
Outfielder Robbie Grossman is another veteran that the Tigers could move. The 32-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the year, meaning any team considering him won't have to commit long-term. Grossman isn't having the flashiest season, batting .205 with six doubles and 10 RBIs, but he's a decent veteran presence worth keeping on the bench. He's also extremely valuable for his defense alone, having not committed an error in his last 2,063 innings spent in the outfield. For that fact alone, Grossman should draw some trade interest.
3. Dustin Garneau, C
Journeyman catcher Dustin Garneau could also get some attention ahead of the deadline. He isn't the biggest name that the Tigers have to offer, but teams can't go wrong with having an extra backup catcher in case injury strikes closer to the playoffs. Garneau's defense has been solid so far this year, recording a perfect fielding percentage in 26 games (23 starts) split across the MLB and Triple-A. He even has 15 home runs and 54 RBIs across 448 Major-League at-bats, showing that he can provide the occasional run for any team looking to add catcher depth.
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