Detroit Tigers: Five Pitching Staff Upgrades for 2016

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Earlier in the week Motor City Bengals writer Tom Zahari gave a list of pitchers the Tigers already have on the roster who are showing they have what it takes to be strong contributors in 2016 (Detroit Tigers: Pieces There to Build a Bullpen). Alex Wilson has been the most reliable pitcher out of the pen but will have to demonstrate he’s ready to be the eighth inning option.

Tyler Clippard has closed and could compete for that role with the Tigers next season but he’s been a dynamite eighth inning pitcher since the New York Mets acquired him from Oakland. He’ll be 31 next season and has good years still ahead of him.

Another solid free agent option to join Blaine Hardy and Drew VerHagen is submarine-style pitcher Darren O’Day from the Orioles. O’Day is an under-the-radar guy who has pitched very well for Baltimore the past four seasons.