Emergency pitching has become a hot and expensive commodity. The Detroit Tigers could take advantage of this situation.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Tiger enclosure is attracting a lot of interest in the trade market. However, there is no guarantee that they will seek to deal with their backup body, or even who would be available.
The Detroit Tigers could disrupt the relief pitching market
It would make sense for the Tigers to consider trading at least a few of their relievers. Both Joe Jimenez and Jose Cisnero are a year away from free agency and could be more valuable to the Tigers as trade chips than as part of the roster in the upcoming season.
It may depend on how new president of baseball operations Scott Harris views the roster. He said he would take the time to review the roster before making a decision on their direction this season. It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise for the Tigers to be more competitive next year after pretty much everything that could have gone wrong last year.
Even if that’s the case, it would still make sense to at least listen to Jimenez and Cisnero. After seeing contracts handed to Edwin Diaz, Rafael Montero and Robert Suarez, profitable relievers will be worth their weight in gold.
For the Tigers, this would be an opportunity to add some potential long-term pieces. The market price for relievers being what it is, they could end up with surprising loot for either pitcher. If nothing else, there’s no harm in listening to offers.
The Detroit Tigers bullpen is generating a lot of interest on the trade front. They could end up being a factor in the reliever market this offseason.