Tigers trade rumors: Miguel Cabrera ‘blockbuster’ floated by A-Rod
DETROIT — Alex Rodriguez has gotten solid reviews for his work as baseball game analyst, but he’s not going to take Ken Rosenthal’s job as the maestro of MLB trade rumors any time soon.
A-Rod credulously floated an idea that seems fairly far-fetched: The Tigers should send Miguel Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox in a “blockbuster” deal that would reunite him with old general manager Dave Dombrowski.
There are about 200 million things wrong with that idea.
Cabrera, 34, is battling injuries and ailments and is in the midst of what might be the worst season of his career. He’s owed another $200 million through 2023.
Yes, Dombrowski is known for mortgaging the future to pay for the present. Yes, he’s known for blockbuster deals. But he’s not known for being stupid.
The Tigers undoubtedly have a sentimental attachment to Cabrera, who is one of the greatest hitters ever to play the game and probably has many good years left. But that’s not why he’ll remain a Tiger, likely until he retires. It’s because no one — and certainly not one of the game’s best GMs — would touch his contract right now.
Meanwhile, add the Arizona Diamondbacks to the list of teams who could be interested in Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
Martinez would be a great fit and immediate upgrade for the Diamondbacks, who have been using an assortment of veterans like Gregor Blanco and Daniel Descalso in left field.
But it’s less clear what the D’Backs could offer the Tigers in return. Arizona’s top position player prospect might be shortstop Domingo Leyba, who the Tigers traded away almost three years ago as part of the three-team Shane Greene deal.
They also sent Robbie Ray to the Diamondbacks. He’s been one of the National League’s top pitchers in 2017.
Rumors about Michael Fulmer as a potential trade chip refuse to go away. The Braves had a top scout in attendance this weekend.
Here’s a random thought: What if the Tigers could get a huge haul for Fulmer and convince another team to take an onerous contract off their hands? Maybe a team with space under the luxury tax threshold would simply see it as an acquisition cost for getting Fulmer. Jordan Zimmermann, for example, has a full no-trade clause, but it seems like it would be far better for his career to return to the National League. As long as general manager Al Avila is going to drive a hard bargain, might as well think big.
Other tidbits: The Houston Astros are the top team pursuing left-handed reliever Justin Wilson as the moment, according to the Boston Globe. Nick Cafardo also throws the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals into the mix for Martinez, somewhat surprisingly. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is also hearing the Astros are big on Wilson. Tony Sipp is the only experienced lefty in Houston’s bullpen.
Every day in the month of July, we’ll round up the latest rumors about potential Tigers trades. Here’s where things stand now.
Days until the trade deadline: 15
Tigers record today: 40-49, 7 games back in AL Central, 6 1/2 back in Wild Card
Chance of making the playoffs: 6 percent
Changes to Tigers trade ranking list: none.