Detroit’s willingness to listen to performances on Skubal certainly doesn’t mean he’s destined to change the team. Instead, the Tigers generally seem to take a broadly open approach to the deadline as they face another non-competitive season. One of Athletic’s rival executives said the front office in Detroit had noted “Which is available to almost everyone. It seems more likely that General Manager Al Avila and his front office are bidding on nearly the entire roster as a matter of due diligence than trying to seriously ship out potentially long-term core pieces like Skubal.
Even if the trade that meets over the next week is still a long way off, it’s worth noting that the Detroit front office apparently won’t turn down offers on the out-of-control Skubal. Certainly there is no urgent need for tigers to deal with him. Skubal remains controllable until the end of the 2026 season, and will not even qualify for arbitration until the end of next year. Avila and his staff will have to plunge into a show of pulling the trigger. Even with all hopes of competition fading this season, the Tigers expect to return to the playoff mix during Skubal’s window to dominate the club – possibly as soon as next year.
The Tigers have been rebuilding throughout Avila’s tenure primarily at the helm of the front office. Their last playoff came in 2014, and they’re on their way to a sixth straight record. They expected to be more competitive this season, but have been hit by a laundry list of absences on the presentation side and almost unanimous underperformance from the lineup.
Skubal was one of the only bright spots, looking like a potential starter at his best. The Seattle University product scored 3.88 PM across 106 2/3 runs. He hit 25.5% of opponents above average, walked limited to a miserly 6.2% clip and spurred to the ground on 47.8% of hits. Skubal averaged 94 mph north on Fastball and most recent swing hits on 12% of his runs, a 14th best average among 52 Novices with over 100 runs. Those numbers alone are solid, but the 6’3 pitcher looked like a bona fide ace for the first two months of the season. He executed a 2.44 ERA with a 27.1% strike rate through the end of May before a fight in June.
Even if Skubal is the more mid-arm than first-caliber arm type he looked like earlier in the year, he’s still a very valuable player. Tigers emerge from their reconstruction with a star-studded spin around Skubal, previous top 10 shots Casey Miz And the Matt ManningFree proxy site Eduardo Rodriguez,And the Spencer Turnbull. Mize and Manning have more or less spent the 2022 season due to injury up to this point, and the former underwent Tommy John surgery and is likely to miss most of next year as a result. Rodríguez has been out for a while taking care of a personal matter. Turnbull was always expected to be out for the better part of the year after undergoing TJS last summer. This has left Skubal as the only healthy, reliable member of the rotation for most of the year, and the Tigers can build around him for 2023 and beyond.
At the same time, there is little harm to the front desk in evaluating at least all options. Skubal’s window of control and affordability means that nearly every team can view it as a potential business target. Clubs don’t have to be in a playoff mix this year to consider its availability, as it can still be controlled for an additional four seasons.
Teams like the Orioles and Rangers, for example, aren’t likely to make it to the post-season this year (although Baltimore has been hanging around the Wild Card race), but have been mentioned as teams that can simultaneously look to transfer players in deals short term while trying. For controllable pitchers after the season. In a separate article, Rosenthal wrote this morning that Texas continues to search for a manageable start before the deadline. Skubal fits the bill, and while there is no indication that the Texans have contacted the front office in Detroit about the young pitcher, it wouldn’t be surprising if that was the case.
While the Tigers may be open to bids on Skubal and other players with extended control windows, Avila and his staff would be more excited to part with some veterans for short periods. As MLBTR’s Steve Adams discovered this month, painkillers like Andrew ChavinAnd the Joe JimenezAnd the Michael Vollmer And the Gregory Soto It should attract a lot of calls from competitors. Robbie Grossman And the Tucker Barnhart They are free agents and they will surely be available, although none of the veterans are having a good season. This is also true for the third base man Jimer Candelariowhich can be controlled over the next year by arbitration.