The Tigers are “open for business” this winter and have received trade interest in first baseman Miguel Cabrera and right-hander Justin Verlander, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Detroit is said to be willing to listen to all trade scenarios, though they would obviously have to be blown away to trade either of their two main stars.
According to Heyman, the two most coveted Tigers in trade talks are second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder J.D. Martinez, and Detroit would be interested in moving outfielder Justin Upton, righty Jordan Zimmermann and designated hitter Victor Martinez. With a weak free-agent market across the board this winter, teams like the Tigers who are willing to be creative are wise to listen to offers on their veterans.
Detroit finished last season with a solid 86-75 record, finishing eight games behind the eventual AL Champion Indians. The team made two major offseason splashes last year by signing Zimmermann and Upton, and has long had a history of being big-time shoppers on the free agent market.
While a full-scale rebuild is unlikely for a team that contended last season, general manager Al Avila will likely hear plenty of trade pitches throughout the winter due to the caliber of talent on the Tigers’ roster. The team is reportedly looking to get younger while shedding some payroll this offseason.