Sport 2 Tigers trade targets the Cardinals will want after this series
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The Detroit Tigers are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for a brief, two-game series this week.
If thewant to get back in the NL Central race, they might need to orchestrate a trade or two with a non-contending team, someone like the .
St. Louis will enter play on Tuesday with a .500 record of 36-36. While that mark is not the end of the world, it has the Redbirds tied for third place in the NL Central race with the Cincinnati Reds. They are two games back of the co-leaders in the division in the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers, who are 40-32 entering play on Monday. St. Louis may need to make a trade here soon.
1 pitcher not named Max Scherzer the Cardinals should trade for right now
The St. Louis Cardinals should trade for a starting pitcher soon, even if that pitcher is not Max Scherzer. Scherzer is the top starting pitcher on the market, and a St. Louis native, so it makes sense why his name would come up in Cardinals trade discussions. However, if the Cardinals decide the Nationals asking price is too high for a perennial Cy Young candidate, then they can turn to a few other options that could be available sooner rather than later. The Tigers are ready to trade Matthew Boyd yesterday.
Here are two players the Cardinals may want to inquire about after their short series with the Tigers.
St. Louis Cardinals: 2 Detroit Tigers to trade for after playing this series
Robbie Grossman provides the versatility the Cardinals need in the outfield
This is only journeyman Robbie Grossman's first year with Detroit, but he could provide the Tigers with some trade value if he is indeed put on the block. In 69 games for the Tigers, Grossman is slashing .233/.343/.395 on the season with nine home runs and 34 runs batted in. Now that he is getting more regular playing time, he should be able to set career-highs in both key offensive statistics.
Besides a touch of power, what Grossman does provide is outfield defensive versatility, as well as some underrated foot speed on the base paths. Grossman has started games at all three outfield spots in his career before, but has yet to play a game in centerfield for the Tigers. He also has eight stolen bases in 10 attempts on the year for Detroit. He will not be hitting free agency until 2023.
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Given the Cardinals' ongoing issues when it comes to outfield depth, Grossman could at the very least be a welcome addition to the starting lineup until other players work their way back. With him hitting in the same lineup as Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt at the corner infield spots, we may see an even bigger boost when it comes to overall offensive production out of him.
Of course, the Cardinals are not going anywhere if they do not get better on the mound here fast.
Michael Fulmer will add a stabilizing presence to the Cardinals pitching staff
One player who could be the biggest name dealt by the Tigers this summer is right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer. The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year was an All-Star starting pitcher with Detroit in 2017. He had made 85 starts in his first four seasons with the Tigers before entering the bullpen out of necessity this season. Fulmer has not skipped a beat since making the transition to the pen.
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There’s a vast array of directions the Braves can choose to go as they look to bolster the roster, although as with most clubs, they’re likely several weeks away from making any actual transactions. Sellers often prefer to wait until the market has more competition, and the Braves themselves right now probably want to take more time to evaluate the roster. Atlanta is five games out of first place at the moment and three games under .500.
So far this season, he has a 3.55 ERA and a 1.263 WHIP in 38.0 innings pitched over 23 appearances. Only four of those appearances have been starts for the Tigers. While he is under contract through next season, Fulmer is arbitration-eligible this upcoming offseason. If he goes to a contending team and thrives, his value will go up considerably heading into a contract year.
What the Cardinals have to like about Fulmer is he can do any number of things at a high level on the mound. Whether they need a guy to hunker down out of the bullpen and save some games, or have a guy toe the rubber every fifth day to give them innings, Fulmer has shown the ability to do that. Even if St. Louis has interest in him, there will be other teams around baseball in the mix too.
Overall, the Cardinals are not going to be capable of truly swinging for the fences to improve their roster like they did trading for Arenado with the Colorado Rockies over the offseason. However, they could be in the market to upgrade their outfield depth with someone like Grossman, as well as improve the pitching staff in some capacity with a versatile pitcher like Fulmer who does it all.
If the Cardinals do make a trade for a Tigers player or two, it just might be for Fulmer or Grossman.
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