After going 47-114 in 2019, the Detroit Tigers are not set up to have a very successful 2020 season. FanGraphs' playoff odds give them no better than a 0.1% chance of making the postseason.
Like many tanking teams, the Tigers will be looking to trade productive veterans from their team to reduce salary and acquire prospects for the future. Here are some prime candidates to be moved during the 2020 season.
1. Cameron Maybin
The Tigers signed Cameron Maybin to a one-year contract in mid-February, bringing the veteran outfielder back to the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Maybin has bounced around the league for over a decade, but the 32-year-old is coming off a productive season for the Yankees in which he posted an .858 OPS over 82 games. If Maybin can continue being a slightly above-average outfielder, he will be a prime trade candidate for the Tigers, who aren't committed to him long-term. Maybin is an average defensive outfielder who could be a key addition for a contender.
2. Matthew Boyd
Matthew Boyd is the Tigers' best starting pitcher and will be an interesting trade candidate for several teams. Boyd is under team control through 2023, but with the Tigers mired in a down period, they may not want to pay him in arbitration. Although he slowed down in the second half, Boyd still had a respectable 3.88 xFIP and raised his strikeout rate from 22.4 percent in 2018 to 30.2 percent in 2019. Any team looking for a left-handed starter to bolster their rotation will be interested in Boyd, who was already mentioned on the trade market last year. Many pitching coaches will see huge potential in Boyd, who has one of the best fastball spin rates in baseball but plays in front of a disastrous defense. The Tigers will be asking for a high price, but if Boyd can start the year strong, he is likely to be traded before the deadline.
3. C.J. Cron
C.J. Cron had a tough 2019 in Minnesota. After breaking his thumb, Cron's offense was never the same, and he was unable to build on a strong 2018 in which he hit 30 homers. Still, Cron is a dangerous power bat that could be an enticing option for a team that needs offense. Cron has crushed lefties over his career to the tune of a 121 wRC+, and a team that could use a platoon DH or first baseman would be happy to have him. The Tigers are only committed to a one-year, $6 million deal, which makes trading him much easier.
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