Attention Major League Baseball: If you are interested in trading for any Detroit Tigers veterans this offseason, get ready to shell out something of value in return. The biggest names on the trade rumor block so far have been J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez, Justin Verlander, and even slugger Miguel Cabrera. It’s no secret that these players would be an asset to any ballclub. The question is, how much would trade partners have to give up in order to acquire any of these players?
Steve Adams at MLBTradeRumors.com took a look at what the asking prices for veteran Tigers might be while citing ESPN Insider Buster Olney. According to these reports, J.D. Martinez is the most likely player to be traded. The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Martinez in order to shore up their effectiveness against left-handed pitching. However, the Dodgers already have a copious amount of hitting talent in the outfield that includes Yasiel Puig significantly tamping down trade expectations.
The Dodgers have also inquired after Ian Kinsler. The Detroit second baseman had an outstanding year in 2016 and could provide a steady bat and veteran leadership in the clubhouse. However, Kinsler has a no-trade clause in his contract allowing him to veto trade deals to ten teams. Rumor has it that Los Angeles is on his no-trade list.
According to the report, Victor Martinez, Cabrera, and Verlander all have no-trade clauses in their contracts. Justin Upton is another player that is drawing interest in the trade market, but, he has trade veto power as well.
Detroit General Manager Al Avila promised a roster shake up after the Tigers missed the playoffs in 2016. Outfielder Cameron Maybin was already traded this offseason for relief pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. It’s difficult to say how many more moves will be made this offseason to reshape the Tigers in to a younger and leaner (payroll-wise) team.