Ahh yes. It’s that time of the year! It’s time to talk MLB trade deadline moves and which teams are buyers/sellers. Many people love this time of the year, but it really all depends on the state of your team.
Of course, fans of playoff contending teams are thrilled because they can write their shopping list. They can go out and be buyers, improve short term with an exciting player, and make a run at the World Series in a couple months.
However, those teams who are sellers are in a lot more misery. Fans are depressed to learn their team is giving up. They’re sad that their baseball season is essentially over right now. And for Detroit Tigers fans, that’s precisely the case.
There’s an interesting dynamic in Detroit right now. The Tigers just won 4 games in a row, they are only 5 games out of first place, yet they are selling. And everyone knows it.
It’s sad because it signifies the end of an era here in Detroit. The end of an era in which Detroit fans saw very competitive, exciting baseball from their Tigers. However, it was an era that never captured a World Series. They went to the World Series twice, but the Tigers failed miserably both times.
The 2017 Tigers season has been a very inconsistent one. It’s mainly been bad, and people have known that trades were coming. Fans have been bracing for that very moment where the Tigers officially became sellers. That moment that signaled the end of an era happened Tuesday night when the Tigers dealt star outfielder JD Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
JD Martinez is one of the best power hitters in the American League. He was injured early on, but in his 57 games, he’s hitting .305 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI. He’s a bat who can severely benefit a playoff team. Sure, his fielding is questionable at times, but his bat is gold. He’s been a hot commodity on the trade market and Tigers fans were hoping for a haul of good prospects in exchange for Martinez.
But the Tigers didn’t get a haul from Arizona. In fact, they received 3 infielders (SS, SS and 3B/SS). Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.
Let’s just call it 3 shortstops! None of which are ranked a top 100 prospect in baseball, and only 1 of the 3 (Lugo) was even a top 10 prospect in the Diamondbacks system.
I get it. Some people will wonder how Detroit could have gotten good players when they’re simply giving up a rental player for a couple months. That’s not the point. The fact of the matter is JD Martinez is one of the best hitters in baseball, and the Tigers didn’t even get ONE top 100 prospect. Not one.
It’s underwhelming to say the least. Hey, maybe Lugo will go on to be a very good third baseman, maybe the other two will provide positional depth that this organization never seems to have.
But on the face of this trade, I think it’s fair to say the Tigers just dealt JD Martinez to the Diamondbacks for peanuts.