February 22, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Darin Downs (38) throws a pitch during spring training against the Atlanta Braves at Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers' Roster Trimmed to 30 With Latest Round of Cuts

Nothing “new” has been officially decided yet, but the Tigers announced another round of cuts this morning that trimmed their roster down to 30 players.

The Tigers will still need to cut five more players by the time opening day rolls around, and that final round of cuts will be the one that answers all of our burning questions.

Assuming that Rick Porcello has “won” a job in the starting rotation – something that isn’t official – the Tigers have two bullpen spots up for grabs between Bruce Rondon, Drew Smyly, Darin Downs, and Luis Marte. I think Rondon has shown enough to go north initially, and I think they want Smyly to get starters’ innings in the minor leagues, so we might be talking about one spot between Downs and Marte. Consider Downs the front runner here.

Matt Tuiasosopo and Don Kelly look like good bets to break camp with the club, so the Tigers will need to option two more players to the minor leagues to clear space on the 25-man roster. I’m guessing Danny Worth and Quintin Berry will head to Toledo at the conclusion of Spring Training. The Tigers have three open spots on their 40-man roster, so adding Kelly and Tuiasosopo won’t be an issue in that respect.

With only six days until the season starts, two trade possibilities still exist that could shake up the Detroit Tigers’ Roster. They could finally pull the trigger on a Rick Porcello trade, or they could acquire someone very much like Casper Wells to take an outfield spot (the latter being much more likely than the former).

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  • John Parent

    At the risk of sounding like Henning (so like Almost Henning, maybe), I’ve been impressed with Worth this Spring. He looks like he’s gotten a bit stronger and has a better idea of what’s going on at the plate.

    Of course, I certainly understand the numbers game and that Santiago is under contract and Worth has an option, but I think that if Peralta winds up missing any kind of significant time this season, it might be tough for him to get his job back.

    • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

      I’ve heard others suggest that as well. That Santiago could make the team and play here and there, but Worth could really be the guy should someone miss a chunk of time. I agree too.

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