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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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ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 4: Niko Goodrum (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 4: Niko Goodrum (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

What would it take in a trade?

With the hypothetical departure of Goodrum, the Tigers would be in need of additional infield help as well as some help in their rotation. The Rays can provide both, making them a perfect trade partner for the Tigers.

Although Goodrum is a productive player and could be just what the Rays are looking for, he won’t demand high-end prospects that the Tigers are looking for as they rebuild so rather than shipping off prospects to Detroit, we decided to send a pair of players that can help them now and in the future.

Proposed Trade:

Rays’ rationale for this trade:

With the arrival of Goodrum, the Rays would further add to their glut of versatile infielders that already includes Daniel Robertson, Joey Wendle, and Michael Brosseau. With the Tigers in need of infield help at the major league level, it only makes sense to send someone like Brosseau or Wendle back in the deal. Motor City Bengals opted to ask for former.

As for Banda, in 2020 he was likely looking at a bullpen role with the Rays as they also have a glut of starting pitching options. With him going to the Tigers, he could immediately help their rotation this season and in those that follow.

All in all, the Rays part ways with a pair of players who would’ve found it difficult to amass playing time in 2020 and they brought in a versatile player who can play on a daily basis without needing a platoon-mate. Goodrum is just the player that Kevin Cash and the Rays love because he can play anywhere on the field and hit from both sides of the plate.

Motor City Bengals’ thoughts on Goodrum:

"His versatility should remind Rays fans of Ben Zobrist. And that is not a bad thing. The Rays have several players on the 40-man roster who can fit in multiple positions. His career numbers at Yankee Stadium stand out a bit. In 23 at-bats, he has hit .348/.464/.652 and an OPS of 1.116. While that is a small sample size, you can take any advantage you can get. So where to put Goodrum? His career 52 games in the outfield could spell relief for Austin Meadows and Kevin Kiermaier. Despite only 8 games in centerfield, Goodrum’s athleticism is a bonus. He is a great guy in the clubhouse with a strong work ethic. The work in the community providing water to families in Flint during the crisis made him a quick fan favorite. That being said, if the Tigers would do this trade, the Rays would get a solid player that could fit in any position they would require."

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So, Rays fans: What do you think? Should the Rays target Goodrum this offseason? Let us know in the comments below!

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