LATEST UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.
Tigers GM Al Avila said multiple teams have expressed interest in Michael Fulmer, adding that the Tigers are just listening at this point.
The Yankees' interest in Fulmer is high, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti. Murti lists a number of prospects that could be sent in a deal, including Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, Albert Abreu, and Thairo Estrada. He also says that top pitching prospects Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield could be in the mix.
If a trade is to be struck with the Tigers, Avila reportedly wants offense in return for Fulmer, who is one of the best young pitchers in baseball.
PREVIOUS UPDATE, Dec. 12
The Yankees are reportedly looking to add a starter to their rotation, and Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin have emerged as potential candidates, reported earlier Tuesday USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Fulmer, 24, has been one of the league's best young pitchers since being traded from the Mets to the Tigers in the Yoenis Cespedes trade back in 2015. He won the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year award after posting a 3.06 ERA with 132 strikeouts and 1.12 WHIP in 159 innings. It was that production that warranted a Cy Young candidacy for Fulmer in his rookie season.
Last season, Fulmer digressed with a 3.83 ERA in 164.2 innings pitched. However, his WHIP didn't move much at 1.15. The Tigers have Fulmer, who will make the league minimum in 2018, under team control until 2022.
Corbin would add a left hand to the rotation with five seasons under his belt. He owns a career 4.15 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with the Diamondbacks over 121 starts.
An All-Star in 2013, Corbin tied his career-high in strikeouts last season with 178 over 189.2 innings pitched. Corbin is arbitration eligible in 2018, after which he is an unrestricted free agent.
Fulmer, due to his five years of control and his early success in the league, will require a significant prospect cost. We're talking Clint Frazier and Chance Adams both being a part of a four or fiv- player haul for the Tigers depending on the next tier of prospects the Yankees are willing to include.
The allure for Fulmer beyond the control is the low salary cost as he will not be arbitration eligible until next season, assuming he surpasses super-two service time.
Fulmer's excellent control, his ability to generate ground balls, and prevent home runs would play well in Yankee Stadium. Adding Fulmer to the rotation would surely beef it up in the short term, and seemingly fortify it for the next several years as he enters his prime seasons.
The interest in Corbin would seemingly be much different. He will be a free agent after this season, and according to MLB Trade Rumors, could fetch $8.3 million in arbitration. Corbin would seem to be a backend of the rotation hurler, an innings eater of sorts and might also suggest the Yankees would be moving on from re-signing CC Sabathia.