Entering the 2021 MLB season in the middle of a full rebuild, the Detroit Tigers had little to no expectations for this year. That's mostly lived up to be true, however, the Tigers actually own the 4th-place (18-26 overall), not last-place spot in the AL Central division thanks to the underwhelming Minnesota Twins.
Still, this team owns the league's worst odds (+25000) to win the World Series according to FanDuel Sportsbook. This makes Detroit a prime "seller" candidate at this year's trade deadline coming up in July.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely Tigers to get traded away by July.
Detroit Tigers Trade Candidates
1. Matthew Boyd, SP
Aside from a no-hitter from Spencer Turnbull, Matthew Boyd has been the best piece of Detroit's starting rotation this season. At 30 years old, Boyd looks rejuvenated this season with a 2.45 ERA and 0.965 WHIP in eight starts. He's due for one more year of arbitration following the 2021 campaign and then set for free agency in 2022-23. The 30-year-old Boyd is a solid pitcher, but not part of Detroit's rebuilding future and the Tigers should get any promising prospects for this starting pitcher while they still can.
2. Robbie Grossman, OF/DH
Robbie Grossman's batting average (.255) won't blow you away, but hitting is down across the entire league. He's also still getting on base (.383) and slugging (.412) at close to career-high marks. The switch-hitting outfielder/DH is another weapon that Detroit could easily turn into some more prospects. Grossman has one year remaining on his contract in 2022 at a favorable price - just $5 million. At 31 years old, he's leading the Tigers with 18 RBI and tied for the team lead with 4 home runs. The Tigers have a future outfield rotation in mind, including Akil Baddoo, so it's time to turn Grossman into additional prospects.
3. Michael Fulmer, SP/RP
Michael Fulmer may be just 28-years-old, but he's already lost his job in the starting rotation thanks to a talented group of prospects. Fulmer's been operating in the bullpen since the end of April and offers flexibility as a starter or reliever. He's enjoyed success as a reliever, too. In 12 career relief appearances, Fulmer owns a 1.89 ERA in 19.0 innings pitched. He strikeout-to-walk ratio also balloons from 1.40 as a starter to 7.67 in relief. Fulmer hits arbitration following this season.
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