Detroit Tigers fans have been witness to an up-and-down bullpen this season. The group could use some depth. Luckily for the Tigers, two potentially solid relievers were just made available.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus—as well as the front office—seem to have settled on a bullpen group moving forward. Francisco Rodriguez is the obvious closer with Justin Wilson serving as the set-up man. Bruce Rondon, Shane Greene and Kyle Ryan can all pitch the seventh, while Alex Wilson is also on hand to provide quality innings.
While that group has performed well as of late, the Tigers could still use depth. Mark Lowe has yet to significantly turn things around, while depth options like Blaine Hardy (5.18 FIP) and Bobby Parnell (4.79 FIP) have struggled when called upon.
In other words, depth is needed.
In related news, a pair of relievers who could potentially provide that depth just hit the open market.
While neither’s numbers are eye-popping this season, both would be solid fallback options for Detroit. If acquired, neither would step in and pitch meaningful innings right away. However, Ogando and Webb could be upgrades and alternatives to Hardy, Parnell, VerHagen and Saupold.