Detroit Tigers: 5 Players that will not be back in 2016 (VIDEO)
By Matt Pelc
Sep 24, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hat a glove before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers have a lot of work to do this offseason to get back into the ranks of contending teams in 2016.
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We’ve talked how this may not be as easy as we once envisioned or predicted because of a number of factors both on the field and off, none more striking than the lackluster and awful play of this team since the July 31 trades.
While we expected them to flounder, I perhaps thought they would embrace the role of spoiler. Yet for most of the games they have been unable to obtain team efforts for wins. In other words, when they score six runs, the pitchers give up 10. When the starters and bullpen have an uncharacteristically solid day, the offense gets shutout.
Of course there has been a ton of issues with this team in the six weeks since the trading deadline. The firing of Dave Dombrowski, the dugout fight and the rumors of the demise of manager Brad Ausmus.
Thus, we know a lot of work needs to be done and a lot of new faces must be brought onto the 2016 roster. With this means several faces will be gone next year. So let’s take a look at the players most likely are playing their last games as members of the Detroit Tigers.
Before we spin through the slideshow, notice one name absent–Alfredo Simon. The Tigers probably will not bring him back, but I think there will be some temptation. Although he has experienced a roller-coaster season, he does lead the team with a dozen wins. When he’s been good, he’s been very good. When he’s been bad–well, you get the picture.
I can’t really get a feel for what they’ll do with Simon. He probably will be gone but if they upgrade their pitching staff this off-season, he is not a bad #5 option–just not the #3 option he was this year.
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