Detroit Tigers: Analyzing Team’s 40-Man Roster

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May 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates a win over the Tampa Bay Rays with his teammates at Comerica Park. The Tigers defeated the Rays 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports
May 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates a win over the Tampa Bay Rays with his teammates at Comerica Park. The Tigers defeated the Rays 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) celebrate after the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Detroit won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Locks

The majority of the current 25-man roster is safe. It seems highly unlikely that the team would move on from any of its starting position players. Additionally, Andrew Romine and Jarrod Saltalamacchia should be safe on the bench.

In terms of pitching, things are also generally set. Even pitchers like Anibal Sanchez and Mark Lowe seem likely to stay in Motown. Yes, the duo has struggled at times this season, but Lowe has the potential to turn it around in relief thanks to a solid track record.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has actually been dependable coming out of the bullpen thanks to a 1.86 ERA in six appearances. What’s more, the team is unlikely to be able to find a taker for either’s contract.

Players not on the 25-man roster who are locks include players like Buck Farmer, Matt Boyd, Jairo Labourt, Angel Nesbitt, John Hicks and Dixon Machado.

Farmer has shown well in relief this season and could finally be turning the corner. The flame-throwing Nesbitt could join him in the bullpen in future seasons. Boyd and Labourt, two of the pitchers acquired for David Price, have the potential to be above average starters down the line. Rounding out the list are Hicks and Machado.

Claimed on waivers from the Twins earlier in the season, Hicks started the campaign in Double-A before earning a promotion to Toledo. With the Mud Hens, the catcher has hit .295 with six home runs and 23 RBI in only 27 games. At the very least, Hicks looks like a long-term backup for James McCann, if not more.

Rounding out the group is Machado, who could be Ian Kinsler’s eventual replacement at second base. The slick-fielding infielder would likely be the Tigers starting shortstop if it weren’t for Jose Iglesias.

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