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Tampa Bay Rays trade target: Tigers’ utility-man, Niko Goodrum

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TORONTO, ON - MARCH 28: Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a double in the tenth inning on Opening Day during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on March 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 28: Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a double in the tenth inning on Opening Day during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on March 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 22: Niko Goodrum (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 22: Niko Goodrum (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

With the Rays in the market for a right-handed bat, they could turn to the trade market to acquire the extremely versatile Niko Goodrum.

After parting ways with Tommy Pham and failing to bring back Avisail Garcia, the Tampa Bay Rays are in need of another right-handed hitter with pop to balance out their largely left-handed lineup. There are some intriguing options left in free agency that the Rays could plug into the outfield including Yasiel Puig and Nicholas Castellanos, but the belief is that the Rays will be looking to bring in a player with a bit more versatility.

The rebuilding Detroit Tigers may have the answer in the utility extraordinaire, Niko Goodrum. He may not be the flashy name that fans want to see the club acquire on the heels of a 96 win season, but he could be just what they are looking for and more importantly just what they need.

Think Daniel Robertson, but more versatile both at the plate and in the field. 

Goodrum is the definition of versatility, something the Rays really value. Just last season he played:

  • LF
  • CF
  • RF
  • 3B
  • SS
  • 2B
  • 1B

If the Rays trade for a right-handed bat, Goodrum could very possibly be the guy they make a move for. And, if they do trade for Goodrum, they would be getting both a left and right-handed bat as he is a switch hitter. Like I said, he is the definition of versatility.

Lets get to know Niko Goodrum a bit more and take a look at what the folks over at Motor City Bengals (Tigers’ FanSided site) have to say about him and what a possible trade could look like.

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