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The Tigers are willing to trade just about anyone, even Miguel Cabrera

Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball sees the Tigers are curious about a major change in direction, the Rangers will get their ballpark, and questions about the Blue Jays’ future.

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The Tigers are in a weird spot. They just missed the postseason in 2016, finishing 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card. That was a massive improvement from a year before, when they finished last in the AL Central. However, they’re looking to cut payroll as they move on from the Dave Dombrowski years — years often characterized by spending whatever it took to make owner Mike Ilitch happy. They aren’t rebuilding, or at least, they aren’t going to use that word. However, they do plan on "charting a new course," according to Jon Heyman, and that might mean venturing forth without someone like Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander on board.

Detroit is open to dealing Cabrera or Verlander or Jordan Zimmermann or Justin Upton or Victor Martinez if it makes them better in the long run, but as Kurt Mensching wrote at Bless You Boys, the important thing is that the Tigers go all-in on whatever direction they choose. The middle depends entirely too much on luck, good or bad. Go all-in or smash that rebuild button until the roster is unrecognizable. Moving just Cabrera or just Verlander will make a team that already wasn’t playoff-ready even worse, but cheaper. Adding to the roster that’s already there could make them a postseason team. They’ll have to pick one and go with it.

Cabrera and Verlander aren’t going to get any better, not when they’re both going to be 34 years old this year. Cabrera managed to hit .316/.393/.563 this past season and played in 158 games, not showing any signs of decline. Verlander very well could win the Cy Young this year. The time to sell is now for the Tigers, and with a weak free agent market this winter, the $220 million and $84 million still guaranteed Cabrera and Verlander, respectively, won’t look so ridiculous to a team trying to win right now.