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The Yankees and Rangers are interested in Tigers ace Michael Fulmer

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With Justin Verlander out of the mix heading into 2018, the heir apparent to that ace role for the Tigers is garnering his fair share of trade interest in the height of the MLB shopping season.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the New York Yankees – who appear to be all in after their acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, are apparently targeting Michael Fulmer to shore up perhaps their only real weakness next season.

Additionally, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News also noted the Rangers have also “checked in” on Fulmer which I’m sure other teams not mentioned have also done as well.

Anyways, Al Avila has stated prior to the Winter Meetings that the Tigers aren’t looking to part with a starting pitcher but that teams were interested given Detroit’s status of a rebuild. Based on that the interest surrounding Fulmer is certainly understandable. Despite taking somewhat of a step back last season, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year has still been effective during this two years as a pro generating an ERA of 3.45 and WHIP of 1.14. Furthermore, Fulmer has given up eight hits and 0.8 home runs per nine innings while being good for a 6.5 WAR.

What’s may be the the most intriguing aspect though for Fulmer is he’ll be 25 next season, making less than $600,000 per and has one more year of team control before he’s even eligible for arbitration. Oh yeah, he also won’t be a free agent until he’s 30 in 2023.

New York has a plentiful supply of prospects however the return for Fulmer would seemingly have to be can’t miss type guys given the Tigers’ ace is pretty much everything you want in a young pitcher.

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