Gone are the days when the Detroit Tigers traded veterans for prospects after several years of contributing, he hinted the general manager of the team, Cuban Al Ávila. It is still possible for the Felines to trade one or two veterans for youngsters. But if they make a transaction, they will look for a token that make a better team as soon as possible and make them competitors in MLB.
“Right now, we don’t have any pressure to make transfers,” Avila said. “We don’t have a high-paying veteran that we need to change to rebuild. We are in the process of ascending. We are actually looking to acquire players when it makes sense.
“We are happy with our young people. We try to add more talented players. And the truth is, that is our situation right now. We seek to improve. We are no longer in a reconstruction. It is a construction ”.
The Detroit squad has been cutting their payroll for the past few years to this point, with Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera the only player under long-term contract. The other player under a guaranteed contract beyond this season is outfielder Robbie Grossman, who signed for two years as a free agent last winter.
In addition, after Venezuelan wide receiver Wilson Ramos and Dominican ranger Nomar Mazara were discharged in recent weeks, the Tigers have a short roster of veterans headed for free agency, led by second baseman Jonathan Schoop.