Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Will Tigers trade best prospects?

The most difficult decision the Tigers may have to make in the next six weeks is whether they want to part with their best prospects in exchange for help in the pennant race.
I hear fans bring up the name of pitcher Jacob Turner all the time. It's unlikely a circumstance will arise where he is traded. Center fielder Daniel Fields and third baseman Francisco Martinez might be different.
Both are 20. They are easily the Tigers' best position player prospects. Both got off to slow starts this season, Fields at high Class A Lakeland, Martinez (who will turn 21 in September) at Double-A Erie. Both have come on strongly in May.
Each player is handling themselves well for their age at a relatively high level of the minor leagues and have physical skills, including bats which project as major league regulars. But it will be awhile before they have an impact in the major leagues. Tough call.



Blogger Joe Nagy said...

Hey Book,

Sight unseen, I would hesitate to move a 3B prospect. There is not a lot of 3B talent at the major league level and God knows the Tigers could use and upgrade (Inge bash out of nowhere!)

OF on the other hand, is a lot easier to replace on the free agent market, and the Tigers look pretty well set at the key position in CF with Jackson.

9:40 AM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

I agree with your last column that Turner is the only prospect in the system that should be untouchable. There are other guys I'd hesitate to move, but for an impact bat I'd do it.

The only way I'd trade Turner is if another Miguel Cabrera type player became available. (like Hanley Ramirez, even with his struggles this year)

12:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not panic at this time.

Would be very careful in trading prospects.

This team, although having weaknesses, could still win the pennant, but maybe not the big show.

Why trade young prospects and watch guys like Guillen and Ordonnez take their money and ride off into the sunset?

I'd be very careful on that trade deadline. It had better be a highly probable win trade. Otherwise, I'm holding my cards.

6:59 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Joe Nagy,
Fields was drafted as a shortstop and is a versatile athlete. His bat is what will make or break him. He'll be good at any outfield spot. Martinez hasn't shown a lot of power,but potential is there. They are very good prospects, but not "can't miss." There is a high ceiling for both, I feel particularly with Fields.

10:52 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
How many opportunities do you have a chance to win it? Might not be so present in the following years.

10:53 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

The Guillen trade was a great one for the Tigers. Got a lot from him, prospects they dealt for him didn't do much. Mags a free agent, and he's done a lot for them. Other veteran acquisitions haven't worked out as well for Tigers.

10:55 AM 

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