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Tigers, Rays Announce Significant Trade Monday Night

A general view of the Tampa Bay Rays stadium.

ST PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 29: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a game against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 29, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

While the national championship game is the main topic of conversation in the sports world tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers snuck in a fairly noteworthy trade.

Detroit sent 23-year-old infielder Isaac Paredes and a competitive balance-B pick in the 2022 MLB Draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for young standout outfielder Austin Meadows.

Meadows, who made the All-Star Game in 2019 when he hit 33 home runs and drove in 89 runs, had another strong season last year. The 26-year-old lefty batter slashed .234/.315/.458 with 27 homers and 106 RBI.

Paredes, who plays second base, third base and shortstop, has appeared in 57 games at the major league level over the last two seasons, slashing .215/.290/.302.

The Tigers might be a little concerned about Meadows' legs, after he left Sunday's spring training game with tightness in both quads, but overall, they got the better of this deal on paper.

We'll see if Meadows is ready to help his new team on Opening Day on Thursday, or if Detroit will be cautious and let him rest a few more days.