MLB Insider Names Tigers' Single Biggest Trade Priority Ahead of Deadline

Larry Rupp
An MLB insider has named the Detroit Tigers' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline.
An MLB insider has named the Detroit Tigers' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline. / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Detroit Tigers look well on their way to a sixth losing season in a row. They sit 12.0 games out of first place in the AL Central division with a 33-47 record approaching the All-Star break. Everything points to manager AJ Hinch's squad being a big seller at the upcoming MLB trade deadline.

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The Tigers do have a number of veteran on the roster capable of bringing back a prospect or two to aide in the team's rebuild. That includes outfielder Robbie Grossman and catcher Tucker Barnhart. ESPN's David Schoenfield sees starting pitcher Michael Pineda as Detroit's best trade chip, though.

Pineda recently returned from a broken finger, but he lines up as a the perfect pitching addition for a contending team to target. The 33-year-old owns a respectable 3.62 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across six starts in 2022. He has also racked up 15 strikeouts compared to 4 walks in 27.1 innings pitched.

Keep in mind Pineda also enters free agency at the end of the season, giving the Tigers little reason to have him around in August. A number of teams in playoff contention could use rotation help, including a Detroit divisional rival in the Cleveland Guardians as well as the Milwaukee Brewers.

If not Pineda, the Tigers could always opt to deal a reliever from a bullpen unit that owns the third-best ERA in all of baseball (3.02). Detroit is a team to watch out for at the deadline as it remains a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +250000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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