The 2017 season hasn’t been kind to the motor city kitties. From key players under performing, to the bullpen blowing leads, nothing has seemed to go quite in favor of the Tigers so far this season.
Is it time for General Manager Al Avila to start shopping his best players, some of the biggest names in the game? The answer to that question lies between now and the trade deadline, just over a month away.
With the Tigers record currently at 33-42, good for 4th place in the American League Central, selling seems to be the best long term decision for this team.
Players with any significant value to other ball clubs such as Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Wilson and perhaps the biggest name swirling, J.D. Martinez will all be discussed by Tigers GM Al Avila as teams come calling.
A problem the Tigers might have is getting teams to pick up the contracts of some of the higher paid players they have to offer, especially those who are severely under performing such as 1st baseman Miguel Cabrera who is making nearly $30 million a year, currently batting .261 with just 8 home runs 75 games through the season.
There is no doubt in many Tigers fan’s heads that the 2015 batting champ will start to heat up soon but if he’s going to do so, he better hurry.
You better believe General Managers of contending teams who are looking to add an extra arm or another bat to their rosters should look no further than the Detroit Tigers, even if that player is just a rental.
There’s nothing easy about rebuilding though, it can take several years and sometimes longer, just ask the Chicago Cubs who won their first World Series since 1908, last season. The goal for the Tigers, if they do indeed choose the selling route, should be to trade for younger talent and open up some cap space.
Currently Detroit sits among the top 5 teams in 2017 Payroll at around $200 million. It definitely boggles the mind of your average Tiger fan having that much money invested in players and to be tied for last place in your division. It could finally be time for the window to close on a World Series run for the Detroit Tigers, but one things for sure, these Tiger fans will never stop wearing that old English D.