By trading Justin Upton to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, they might have landed a future starting pitcher.
This move would make the Angels a more formidable foe if they come to Yankee Stadium for the wild-card game.
That's also true because August 31 is the last day a trade can be made that will allow the acquisition to play on the postseason roster. He's still owed $88.5 million over the next four seasons.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the deal was close. The caveat: Upton has the ability to opt out of his contract after this season.
The right-handed Long, a former third-round pick, went 8-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 23 starts with the Angels' Double-A Mobile farm club this season.
Ken Rosenthal with Major League Baseball on FOX and Jon Morosi of the Major League Baseball network are both reporting that the Tigers have a deal in place to send Upton to the Angels for minor leaguer Grayson Long and a player to be named later. Once that happened, the Tigers resumed talks with teams to trade the outfielder.
In a related move, the Angels then traded outfielder Cameron Maybin - who has played 45 games in left field this year and is hitting.235 - to the Houston Astros. He will be making $28 million each of the next two seasons, after which he has a $22 million option for the 2020 season that vests if he finishes in the top 5 of Cy Young voting in 2019.