The Detroit Tigers are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline, with a few valuable assets on the roster that are most likely headed towards the exit door.
Nick Castellanos and Matt Boyd are two players who could be ushered out of Detroit as the team continues its slow rebuilding process, but if reports on the club's asking price for their trade pieces is accurate, then they will not come close to completing a deal.
The Tigers reportedly asked the Yankees to give them star infielder Gleyber Torres in exchange for Boyd, to which it can only be presumed Brian Cashman hung up the phone while his lung collapsed in an outbreak of laughter.
Did Detroit seriously expect that trade offer to even sniff the surface of the Yankees' interest? If they did, then they are way in over their heads.
Torres is an invaluable member of the Yankees core, and while the team's lineup is stacked from top-to-bottom, there is absolutely no way the team would ever consider parting with the 22-year-old for less than a superstar talent, if they'd even move him at all.
While Boyd is enjoying his best season in the pro circuit, he's six years Torres' senior and has never enjoyed a campaign as effective as this one. He's 5-6 on the year with a 3.72 ERA and 129 strikeouts across 101.2 innings pitched.
The numbers are great, and the Yankees need pitching, but there is simply no way this deal would ever get done. This isn't fantasy baseball, folks, and the Yankees aren't going to sacrifice the future of their infield to land a pitcher with a career ERA of 4.82.