The Tigers continue to mystify the baseball world as they apparently waffle somewhere between buying and selling at the 2015 MLB trade deadline. We've covered some of the players they may be interested in if they want to go all in for 2015, so let's take a look at a few scenarios if they decide to play for the future.
The two obvious chips that the Tigers hold are David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Interest in the two players is building, and the Angels are among the front-runners for Cespedes. Anaheim is currently dealing with a struggling Matt Joyce in the outfield. Despite this, they've jumped out into first in the AL West. The Angels have an immense stable of young pitching coming through the minors. Adding a pitcher or two, although they might not be major league-ready in 2015 or 2016, would be a very good return for Cespedes. Chris Ellis would be an ideal trade target for Detroit- young and pitching pretty well in Double-A.
Other suitors may line up for Cespedes if Detroit decides to sell. The Mets have an awesome rotation, more pitchers waiting in the wings, and absolutely no offense. The Cubs have been showing interest in corner outfielders, as well. It's even possible that the Baltimore Orioles get involved, although Kevin Gausman is definitely too much to ask for half a season of Cespedes.
The hottest commodity of the trade market will undoubtedly be David Price. According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Cubs and Tigers have already had preliminary conversations about dealing Price. According to Levine, at least eight teams will be sniffing around to see if the price is right. Among the other interested teams, Bob Nightengale of USA Today had this to say:
The high-spending Dodgers have a good farm system and several young pitchers that could play an impact down the road for the Tigers. Among other teams rumored to be interested, it appears the Blue Jays may play a factor in the Price negotations.
The Tigers might be well off attempting to unload Price and Cespedes in one fell swoop, perhaps in a three-team deal. This would allow them to double down on the return. Cespedes alone most likely wouldn't bring back a pitcher like Andrew Heaney, but the combined values of him and Price would likely be enough to net a young, MLB-tested pitcher. A pitcher like that would go a long way to keeping the Tigers in contention in 2016.