1. Yankees and Tigers Trade for Mike Tauchman
The Detroit Tigers are in a strange place. No one thinks they’ve done the rebuild wrong, and though they’ve selected an overload of combustible pitching prospects, they’ve balanced that out with star bats in Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson.
Additionally, they received next to nothing for Justin Verlander and their pitchers, from Casey Mize to Alex Faedo, have struggled to establish themselves as the big league level.
In other words, they’ll still be a weigh station for better teams to deposit roster overload for the next season or two, and they should be amenable to any opportunity to add talent at a low cost from someone else’s pile.
Could the Yankees and Tigers make a trade for Mike Tauchman?
We’ll keep the same framework as our Marlins trade pitch here, assuming the Tigers would be willing to part with some of the talent they added back in 2020. We’re looking at either 3B/RHP Colt Keith or 3B Gage Workman, who currently rank as Detroit’s 20th and 21st-best prospects.
Both are likely offensive players moving forward; Keith, the youngest of all of Detroit’s draft picks, was lured away from an Arizona State commitment with the promise of playing time for his raw power bat.
Though Detroit has a ton of the controllable pitching New York is looking for, most of it is too highly-thought-of to be a part of a Tauchman trade. We’ll also add the team’s 29th-best prospect, righty Paul Richan, to consideration here.
Tauchman would be a nice fit on just about any team, but he’s more likely to find 350-400 at-bats on a team like the Tigers than on a contender. We’d take him over JaCoby Jones any day.