Detroit Tigers May Need to Add Another Starting Pitcher for Stretch Run

Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 4, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Michael Roth (53) looks back to the plate as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) rounds the bases after his home run during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Michael Roth (53) looks back to the plate as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) rounds the bases after his home run during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

Potential Targets

Veterans like Octavio Dotel and Willie Bloomquist have switched teams before in September, so trades in the month aren’t out of the question.

However, if Detroit decides to search the waiver wire, they could find a number of potential options. Nick Tepesch, who was designated for assignment recently by Kansas City, could be worth a look.

Tepesch pitched to a 3.96 ERA at the Triple-A level this season. What’s more, he has the experience thanks to 39 starts for Texas from 2013 to 2014.

Another player who’s been recently designated for assignment is Odrisamer Despaigne.

The former San Diego pitcher made 34 starts for the Padres over the last two seasons heading into 2016. With Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate this season, the 29-year-old owns a 3.87 ERA and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Perhaps the most intriguing candidate on the list of players recently designated for assignment is Michael Roth.

While Roth has only thrown 36 innings at the Major League level, the 26-year-old excelled at the Triple-A level this season. Roth went 11-5 with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.225 WHIP and just 42 walks in 145.1 innings pitched.

Who would be designated for assignment from the 40-man roster?

The Tigers would only need to make room on the team’s 40-man for a new acquisition.

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While Detroit’s 40-man roster is currently full, Anthony Gose (.276 on-base percentage in the minors) or Warwick Saupold (7.46 ERA in six appearances with the Tigers) could be designated for assignment.