Trade For Cespedes
Jul 25, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) can
The Detroit Tigers continue to have the most interesting situation in baseball at the trade deadline. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has consistently denied the possibility of the Tigers selling at the deadline, but as time passes, it looks more and more apparent to the rest of western civilization that the Tigers are falling off and need to sell NOW.
Detroit has now lost 5 out of their last six games and has slipped to 4th place in the AL Central. Miguel Cabrera isn’t coming back anytime soon, and Justin Verlander isn’t the same pitcher we all saw 3 or 4 seasons ago. They have trade assets that could make their rebuild much shorter, and if Dombrowski decides to become a seller, he must look to the Houston Astros.
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The Astros could target Cespedes, the Cuban OF, who’s hitting .289 this season with 17 home runs, 28 doubles, and a 2.6 WAR. Cespedes could play left field in Houston and give the Astros a much more consistent bat in the middle of the order. Detroit could easily benefit from the depth in the Astros farm system and add pieces that it lost in recent deadline acquisitions when they played the role of buyers.
The Tigers might be willing to add more volume over quality due to their weak minor league system, leaving the Astros more room to hold on to their top prospects. Instead of giving up Brett Phillips, A.J. Reed, and Mark Appel, the Astros might be able to reach into their second tier and trade Domingo Santana, J.D. Davis, and Adrian Houser. If the Astros can do this, I would definitely welcome a Cespedes trade with Detroit.
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