Detroit Tigers: Could the trade deadline bring a major sell-off?

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The Detroit Tigers could have an interesting trade deadline during the 2020 season, if anything they will be sellers.

The Detroit Tigers 2020 season is underway, while the first series with the sneaky-good Cincinnati Reds was fun to watch, the organization has some decisions. The 2020 trade deadline could be an opportunity for the Tigers to stack the minor league system even more.

With the league’s rule and schedule changes for the 2020 Major League Baseball season, the 2020 trade deadline has been shifted. Usually, it would be July 31st, but it has since been moved to August 31st to allow some more time during this 60-game sprint.

The organization will have to decide whether to stand pat and weather the storm or sell off any assets that they can to provide more for the organization’s future. This seems like the likelier of the two options, but time will tell.

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Could the Detroit Tigers see a major sell-off at the trade deadline?

Being optimistic will be the go-to mindset for the 2020 season, at least for myself while watching the Detroit Tigers. However, for this particular topic, let me play devil’s advocate:

Write off the Tigers, imagine they completely suck but they have some assets. Even if they are a watchable and just struggle, but have assets, the organization HAS to go out and sell everyone and anyone they can at the 2020 trade deadline.

For example, if C.J. Cron stays hot, there is no reason why General Manager (GM) Al Avila cannot move him for prospects at the trade deadline.

Now, personally I would love to see the Tigers extend Cron and keep him in a Tigers uniform if this hot streak stays the course of the 2020 season. But, Cron will likely be a trade candidate as the deadline inches closer and closer.

It is not just Cron, any player on a one-year deal could be trade bait. Looking at players like Cameron Maybin, Austin Romine, and Jonathan Schoop come to mind. These are the players under contract for 2020 that will be free agents for the 2021 season, there are others who could get moved as well.

However, a quick tidbit on each player, Maybin could provide outfield depth for an organization looking to make a playoff run and ensure they have some speed and a veteran presence while adding depth. Romine has made it apparent that he can handle a pitching staff, he could add catching depth to a contender.

A Romine trade might mean that the Tigers would be calling up Jake Rogers up to the big leagues. If Jonathan Schoop brings the power they would expect from him when they signed him, he might be worth moving if the offer is right.

At the end of the day, Avila is going to have to weigh out his options, and being a seller at the deadline could be crucial. The organization could get set up for the future even more than they are with the current prospects they have.

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The hope will be that Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila thinks long and hard when the trade deadline comes as what will be best for this organization whether that means being a seller or not.