Jordan Zimmermann, in the third year of a hefty five-year, $110 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, is not generally viewed as a player likely to be traded as Tuesday’s deadline approaches.
Not so fast, says ESPN’s Jeff Sullivan, who includes Zimmermann on his list of 10 “under-the-radar” trade targets – a list that also includes Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin.
Zimmermann, 32, is 4-2 this season with a 3.97 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, with 65 strikeouts and 12 walks over 68 innings. He is making $24 million this season and is set to make $25 million in each of the next two seasons.
“There are obstacles (to a trade),” Sullivan says. “Zimmermann is due $25 million in 2019, and he's due another $25 million in 2020. He also has full no-trade protection, which he would have to give up. Zimmermann would have to be willing to be dealt, and the Tigers would have to be willing to eat money. But, I don't know why Zimmermann would want to remain in Detroit, if he were wanted by a contender. And a contender might notice that Zimmermann resembles a younger version of himself. His strikeouts and walks are back to his 2014 levels. … I wouldn't count on anything happening, but if the Tigers ate enough of his contract, they could get a real return for an apparently rejuvenated starter.”