Is Ryan Kreidler’s time with the Detroit Tigers coming to an end already?

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The Detroit Tigers may be in a work stoppage, but there is no reason they can not be starting to look forward to the future and try to figure out the best plan of attack to move forward through the remainder of this rebuild.

With the Detroit Tigers going out and signing Javier Báez to join the teams’ infield as the shortstop of the future, there have been some rumors circling. From the idea that Báez could get shifted to second base and the team is still in on Correa to the idea that they can dump all of the shortstops, they have in the pipeline.

There’s no telling exactly what the team will do, but exploring some options is worth it. A recent article from 97.1 The Ticket’s website talks about the opinion of trading shortstop Ryan Kreidler while the team can.

In the middle of this work stoppage, the team cannot do much to actually make a trade unless it contains minor leaguers; however, is this really the best move? The article suggests that Kreidler should be moved while he is on the radar of teams or be kept and groomed to play second base or another position.

The Detroit Tigers need to be smart with Ryan Kreidler.

When the Tigers went on and promoted Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson to the Triple-A level in 2021, they also added Kreidler to the move, and he got off to an exceptional start soon after arriving in Toledo. Kreidler looked great in 2021 and showed that he could hang at the next level and made it clear he may wind up playing a role in the future of this organization.

In 129 total games, Kreidler slashed .270/.349/.454 with 22 home runs and 58 RBI overall between his time at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Kreidler may be a trade piece that the team uses to upgrade another position and capitalize in other areas.

However, hanging onto Kreidler may not be the worst option for the organization. They could shift him to second base or even outfield if they wanted to keep him around the organization. He’s shown the ability to be versatile and it may not be the worst thing to keep him in the mix to be a part of the future plans.

Avila has said that Kreidler is a part of the team’s future plans, granted this was before the move to bring in Báez, it could still hold some value. Kreidler is going to hold some value and should be considered to be kept around before the organization makes any decisions to get rid of him.