The Detroit Tigers are coming off a 114-loss season and are in the midst of a long rebuild. Tigers GM Al Avila is likely to pursue a typical rebuilding strategy and deal productive players from their team to cut salary and add prospects.
That means that quite a few Tigers on the Opening Day roster will not be on the team by the end of the year. With that said, here are three likely candidates to be moved during the 2020 season.
1. Matthew Boyd
In good times, the Tigers would be happy to have a healthy team-controlled starter coming off a season with 185.1 innings, a 4.32 fielding-independent pitching (FIP) mark, and a 4.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB). But Matthew Boyd's team control runs out in 2023, which is before the Tigers can hope to be real contenders. Even worse for Detroit, Boyd hits arbitration after this year, which means he'll likely be in line for a bigger salary. Given his excellent numbers and improvements from last year, it's easy to see a contender trying to acquire him in exchanged for prospects. He was already in trade rumors last year and doesn't seem to be part of the Tigers' long-term plans.
2. Jonathan Schoop
After a decent season in Minnesota in which he posted a .777 OPS and hit 23 homers, Jonathan Schoop signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers. Schoop has flashed tantalizing potential throughout his career, particularly in his 2017 All-Star season with the Orioles, when he had 32 homers and 105 RBI. The one-year deal is a smart add for the Tigers, as teams that need middle infield depth should be willing to trade for Schoop before the deadline. While he's never been very consistent, he's a great right-handed power bat that can play second base and catch fire down the stretch.
3. Cameron Maybin
Cameron Maybin has bounced around the league after being taken in the first round by the Tigers back in 2005. Now back for a third stint with the Tigers, Maybin is coming off his best offensive season. He had a solid .285/.364/.494 line with the Yankees, and his one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Tigers makes him a likely trade candidate once again. If any playoff contender is looking for a solid fourth outfielder, they will come calling for Maybin, just as they have for the last three years. He's probably used to moving after playing for five different teams since 2017, and Maybin's return to the team that drafted him might be over in a few months.
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