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Pros and cons of trading six promiment Tigers

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Yoenis Cespedes homers in the seventh inning Monday night.

The pros and cons of dealing the Tigers' marketable players ahead of Friday's deadline:

David Price, LH starter

Pros: Will become free agent in October. Little chance he will stay in Detroit. Johnny Cueto deal shows Tigers can get a solid return for a premier pitcher.

Cons: Rotation anchor. Tigers guaranteed a shot at winning every time he works. Will earn Tigers early draft pick in 2016 if not traded.

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

Pros: Cespedes hits, plays excellent defense, runs — teams will pay for 2-3 months. Tigers can attempt to re-sign this free agent during offseason.

Cons: Tigers get a big two-way bonus from having Cespedes in lineup. Losing him would hurt the batting order, defense — and pitching.

Ian Kinsler, 2B

Pros: Suddenly hot commodity. Kinsler has had a good month (.356, .972 OPS) and plays a premier position. At age 33, Tigers could offload his salary (minimum $30 million through 2018).

Cons: Leadoff batter and key up-the-middle fixture who nails down right-side defense. Tigers have no solid replacement at second base.

Joakim Soria, RH closer

Pros: Bullpen help is sought by any contender this side of the relief-rich Royals. Soria also is a free agent. Tigers could swap him for a meaningful prospect.

Cons: Losing their closer from a back-end bullpen that has had ongoing issues could make for an ugly final two months in Detroit.

Rajai Davis, OF

Pros: Versatile outfielder who can get a hit. Davis also can score from second on a single or from first on a double. With bats scarce, this free-agent-to-be has value.

Cons: Tigers are a better team with Davis in the lineup or on the bench. He has been a two-year bargain for the Tigers, on and off the field.

Alex Avila, C

Pros: Likewise a free agent. Defense, catching skills, on-base percentage, and power would attract buyers. Tigers have James McCann and Bryan Holaday.

Cons: Valuable to a pitching staff that needs all the help it can get. Also can play first base. One of the team's few counters against right-handed pitching.