Detroit Tigers: Potential 40-Man Roster Losses
By Ben Rosener
Detroit Tigers players lost 1-0 on Sunday in Atlanta, ending their 2016 campaign. While the team improved markedly from 2015, they weren’t able to clinch a postseason berth this season.
Detroit Tigers fans didn’t see the season end the way many wanted it to. Despite the lack of playoff baseball in 2016, the future is extremely bright for the Tigers. In order to improve, the team will need to make additions that require 40-man roster spots.
Now the offseason comes—and with the offseason comes roster changes. Whether it be through trades or free agency, Detroit will need to free up 40-man roster spots in order to improve the team.
While the Tigers Major League roster is mostly set, there are players who could be moved to make room for upgrades to ultimately help the team make the playoffs next season.
From bench players who were with Detroit all season to minor league relievers, there are a number of players who could be moved to make room for upgrades. The Tigers need to be aggressive in retooling ahead of next season, and there is the possibility that some of these players could sneak through waivers if designated for assignment.
Here is a look at who could leave.