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Today’s post, “Braves and Tigers Hypothetical Trades”, is part 10 in our series focusing on teams that could be sellers or have some expiring contracts that could be attractive options for the Braves. If you’re just catching up, here are the previous 9 pieces:

So, the Red Sox of 2020 were worse than the Orioles and…the Tigers were worse than the Red Sox. At 23-35, the Tigers were the 2nd worst team in the American League, but their farm system is in the Top-10 with 4-5 guys ready to contribute by the 2023 season. I wouldn’t expect immediate success from the Tigers, but a 2024-25 estimate for a new window of competition seems realistic in Detroit.

Trade Value of José Cisnero

Cisnero has been on quite a journey. He went 5 years between MLB stints with trip to foreign leagues, Indy Leagues, and a whole lot of time at AAA affiliates. He got his shot in 2019 with Detroit and stuck around in 2020 and pitched pretty well. He’s 31 now and is arb-eligible for the first time, projected to make $1.25MM. He brings a fastball that sits 96 and touches 99 and a good slider and changeup. He’s been walk prone in the past but seemingly got walks under control in 2020. As expected for a journeyman, his value comes in pretty low at $1.2MM.

Trade Value of Jeimer Candelario

My latest obsession and under the radar trade chip/real breakout candidate, switch hitter Jeimer Candelario, had a promising 2020. He was in the 86th percentile in exit velocity and every hit tool metric graded well above average. His defense has been under scrutiny since his first years in the MLB but Statcast views him as an average 3B and I’ll take average out of a bopper. His value comes in at $19.5MM.

Fake Trade Number 1

Breakdown: Braves don’t need Newcomb. The Tigers don’t need Cisnero as they’ll be bad with our without him. Newcomb is younger and Tigers would definitely do this deal.

Fake Trade Number 2

Breakdown: The Tigers have a few up and coming 3B, one being Spencer Torkelson. However, they do not have a good up and coming catcher and Shea would fit that need. If the Braves see Langeliers as the catcher of the future, William Contreras could be subbed in. If Braves wanted to keep both, Kyle Muller and company could be part of the deal instead. Admittedly, my favorite part of acquiring Candelario would be that there would still be $ for another addition.

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