Trade rumors continue to keep buzzing around the Detroit Tigers. Despite signing Rajai Davis to a two-year $10 million dollar contract on Tuesday, the Tigers are rumored to be interested in another outfielder.
The latest rumor, floated by Peter Gammons during the Hot Stove morning show on MLB Network, has the Detroit Tigers trading Austin Jackson to the Yankees for Brett Gardner.
This is the second team the Tigers have been said to be shopping Austin Jackson. Jon Morosi mentioned in his article on Tuesday speculated Jackson could be the center piece of a deal for the Dodgers Matt Kemp.
Brett Gardner is the odd man out as a result of the Yankees recent acquisition of Jacoby Ellsbury. This would be the second go around with the Yankees for Austin Jackson who was a top Yankee prospect at the time the Tigers acquired him in a three team trade. The trade sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and netted the Tigers Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Mark Schlerth. The Arizona Diamondbacks, the third team in the deal, contributed Scherzer and Schlerth and got Ian Kennedy in return.
Brett Gardner hit .273 and stole 24 bases for the Yankees in 2013. Gardner struggled with injury in 2012 but played a full season last year.
On this surface this deal looks odd for the Detroit Tigers. Garnder and Jackson are similar players for a statistical standpoint. The major difference is their age. Austin Jackson is will be 27 when the season starts in April. Brett Gardner is 30 years old and seemingly on the downside of his career.
No other pieces of a potential trade have been mentioned but there has to be more involved for this deal to make sense for the Detroit Tigers.