Tarik Skubal’s injury could turn the trading market upside down

Lefty pitcher Tarik Skubal’s time as a trade item could come to an end for the Tigers on the eve of the trade deadline due to an injury.

Detroit’s plans to hear trade offers for Tarik Skubal were likely derailed by his aborted start Monday night, the day before the MLB trade deadline.

The pitcher had to be pulled from the game against the Twins after five scoreless innings. Detroit later revealed that he was struggling with left arm fatigue.

Is this the greatest Tiger development of all time? Probably.

Tarik Skubal’s injury could turn the trading market upside down

Skubal has been the subject of trade rumours as the Tigers look to sack a number of players after a disappointing first half of the season.

With a 3.67 ERA, he was Detroit’s top pitcher that year. And at just 25, he would be of great value to teams looking to hire a promising young minimum-pay pitcher who is under contract through 2026 and ineligible for arbitration until 2024.

The severity of Skubal’s problem is irrelevant since the trade deadline is so close. Closing a deal under these circumstances seems pretty much impossible.

The plus for Skubal is that he likes Detroit and will stay Tiger. His team definitely had the downside of not being able to make money in the hot trading market.

Jon Morosi reported this on Sunday that the Tigers “would enter into trade talks if a team offers multiple high-profile players at or near the MLB level.”

It’s not certain Detroit would have gotten an acceptable offer for Skubal, but they won’t get a chance to see it.

https://fansided.com/2022/08/01/tarik-skubal-injury-flip-trade-market-head/ Tarik Skubal’s injury could turn the trading market upside down

John Verrall

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