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Detroit Tigers trade Leonys Martin to Cleveland Indians

In return the team receives SS prospect Willi Castro

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The trade deadline won’t be silent for the Tigers after all. After much speculation that the team would move no one, the Tigers have traded centerfielder Leonys Martin to the Cleveland Indians for shortstop prospect Willi Castro.

As we’ve already seen this season, the era of not trading between division rival teams seems to be at an end, and this trade between the Tigers and Indians solidifies that.

During his brief tenure with the Tigers, Martin has made some outstanding plays in centerfield and had shown signification offensive improvement over a very poor 2017. In 2018 thusfar he’s hitting .251/.321/.409 with 9 HR, 7 stolen bases, and 29 RBIs, while having also missed time due to a hamstring injury.

Additionally, the Tigers included RHP prospect Kyle Dowdy in the trade.

In return for Martin, the Tigers receive shortstop prospect Willi Castro.

The Tigers have been looking to develop infield position players so the acquisition of Castro makes sense, and in spite of unimpressive offensive numbers this season, he has a lot to be excited about.

Seems like a good get for trading away a few months of Martin.