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Detroit Tigers News: It’s all about the trade deadline now

There is no shortage of takes on who is going where as July 31st approaches.

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Talk of the trade deadline has saturated sports media this week, and everyone is offering their takes on who will go where. With the Tigers firmly in sell mode as they sit in the cellar of the Major League Baseball standings, they have a few players that are mentioned often in these propositions.

The main names being considered from the current club are Nicholas Castellanos, Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene, with some mentions of others such as Joe Jiménez and Niko Goodrum; as it stands, anyone with value appears to be for sale at the moment. So buckle up and fire up the hot stove, because the takes are sizzling leading up to the end of July.

ESPN published their tiered top-31 list, which includes Shane Greene, Nicholas Castellanos and Matthew Boyd. Greene appears first in the No. 12 spot, and given the demand for effective relievers among contending teams — and with an extra year of control to boot — the Tigers would be well served to sell high on him while they can. Castellanos appears at No. 20 as a doubles machine who fits better as a designated hitter than any positions in the field, and sits just behind David Peralta and Adam Jones as the most intriguing bats on the market. Boyd, despite starting off the season strong has been plagued with the home run bug of late, and is subsequently listed at No. 28 as a “long shot” due to the Tigers’ high demands for a return in a trade.

On the topic of Boyd, who took to the mound in Tuesday night’s game at home against the Philadelphia Phillies and put up a quality start, MLive ruminates on rumors involving him and the visiting squad. Those same Phillies may also have some interest in Greene and even possibly Daniel Norris. Furthermore, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly “checked in” on Castellanos as a possibility to help even out their lefty-heavy lineup.

Tampa Bay’s Castellanos trade interest was also reported on by MLB Trade Rumors based on the same Jon Heyman tweet, with a bit more of an in-depth look at the dynamics surrounding the Tigers’ right fielder. The article mentions the Phillies and the Chicago Cubs as clubs with an interest in him, despite his defensive limitations, which could help leverage more value out of the 27-year-old who is now entering his prime.

Dan Szymborski had some fun with the trade deadline in his piece for FanGraphs. Among his many trade scenarios, he has the Tigers and the Cubs swapping Castellanos for shortstop Zack Short (name checks out). Short appears to mostly be a defense-first infielder with some potential pop and 40+ FV grade assigned by FanGraphs. So while the Tigers already have a few light-hitting players on the dirt in the system, they might not be able to net a much better return for a Castellanos rental.

One of the concerns among the fanbase when it comes to these potential trades is whether or not general manager Al Avila is up to the task. Over at The Athletic, Cody Stavenhagen takes a look at Avila’s past history when it comes to trade deadline moves. It is a rather exhaustive list of what he has accomplished so far, with a bit of editorializing on the quality of those transactions. Simply put, most of trades are not looked upon very favorably, and the recently extended GM does not have an encouraging track record in his four years as the head of the front office.

Lastly, we have a trade rumor that is terribly unlikely, but hey, why not if the price is right?

Around the horn

Players’ View: What it is like to be traded. Ten top prospects who could be moved in a trade. Baseball Prospectus reviews some top prospects. Robbie Ray: a man of his time or out of time? Tigers great Willie Horton reflects on his experiences during his time in Detroit. Andrew Miller is scuffling, but also great. The most important rookie hitter in the pennant chase is Keston Hiura.

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