Reports by Detroit’s 97.1 the Ticket and by the Detroit Free Press have confirmed Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila had a tough time getting the prospects he needed and apparently he turned away more than one deal in exchange for a young, proven pitcher.
Avila was offered two star players from two different playoff-contending teams in exchange for former American League Rookie of the Year pitcher Michael Fulmer. And he turned down both deals.
The two players that they were offered by a couple teams were Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bergman in exchange for Fulmer.
Entering last week, Fulmer was stayed put, even though when he’s out for the season due to Tommy John surgery.
After his rookie season, Fulmer has struggled with inconsistency and injuries including the aforementioned Tommy John. He has 3.81 ERA and a 24-31 record.
Last week, Avila and the Tigers did trade outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to the Cubs and relief pitcher/closer Shane Greene to the Atlanta Braves. Both trades were for top ten prospects from each team.
Down below is Avila’s comments on how he approached the MLB Trade Deadline last week.
As they continue their rebuild, the Tigers were also in discussion on trading pitcher Matthew Boyd, but talks were shut down of it and Boyd stayed.
The Tigers currently have the worst team in baseball with a record of 32-75.
This tweet down below symbolizes how most Tigers fans felt after the news broke out.
The Tigers were offered Javier Baez or Alex Bregman for Michael Fulmer and Al Avila said no to both.— DVE (@DetvrsEverybody) August 4, 2019
I'm going to puke https://t.co/FeBOxW3zia