Despite low expectations, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start in 2019. In fact, at the time of this piece publishing, they are 8-5 and just a half of a game out of first place in the American League Central.
Unfortunately, the chances of the Tigers playing at a .615 clip for the remainder of the season is highly unlikely as they just do not have the talent and experience needed to keep pace in a 162 game season.
That being said, when the Major League Baseball trade deadline rolls around later this season, the chances are high that the Tigers will be sellers.
Here is a look at three players who could be move at or before the trade deadline.
This should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone as Castellanos’ name has been floated around as a potential trade piece for quite a while now. There was even a thought that he could be dealt before the start of the 2019 season but the market was just not there for a player who struggles as much as Nicholas does defensively.
If Castellanos can put together a season as he had a year ago, there is a solid chance that at least one contender will come calling.
Shane Greene has been lights out so far in 2019 as he has picked up a save in each of the Tigers first eight victories of the season without allowing a single run. Now, I realize Greene cannot keep up this pace and that he will certainly come down to earth, but if he can have a solid first half of the season, he will be a hot commodity come the end of July.
Speaking of hot starts to the season, Tigers starter Matthew Boyd has been brilliant. Through his first three starts, Boyd has stuck out an American League-best 29 batters in 17.1 innings of work while posting a 2.60 ERA.
Like Greene, I do not expect Boyd to keep up this pace but I do expect his to continue to pitch well enough to get some looks as the trade deadline approaches.