Detroit Tigers Fire Sale Candidates
By Matt Pelc
Feb 28, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Blaine Hardy (65) poses during Photo day at Joker Merchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Transitioning from having one of the best bullpens in the month of May to one of the worst in June was not unexpected, but still frustrating for Detroit Tigers’ fans. Yet one name you haven’t been screaming much this season is that of Blaine Hardy.
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Hardy is a lefty, making him a little more lucrative on the open market than a right handed reliever, and he has been putting up extremely solid numbers this year.
He is sporting a 3-1 record with a 2.75 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He’s struck out 27 and walked 13 in 34 games, spanning 36 innings. Hardy has earned five holds and only blown one save.
Even when the bullpen tanked big time in the last week, Hardy did not allow a run in 2.1 innings, including an extra innings appearance on Tuesday night.
Hardy would not fetch a huge return, but he has demonstrated he can add value to a bullpen playing well (May Tigers) and one self destructing (June Tigers).
He is under team control until 2020, so the Tigers would be giving up a guy that could chew innings for them this year and beyond, but if there is some interest, they should pull the trigger.
Possible teams for Hardy: Rays, Giants, Blue Jays
Replacement for Hardy: Who else? Everyone’s favorite Doug Fister-ite, Ian Krol
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