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Detroit Tigers: Ranking All 17 of Al Avila’s 2016 Acquisitions

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Sep 30, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) and left fielder Justin Upton (8) celebrate a victory against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Tigers defeated the Braves 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) and left fielder Justin Upton (8) celebrate a victory against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Tigers defeated the Braves 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 22, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (36) reacts as he gives up a home run during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

17-15. Bobby Wilson, Bobby Parnell and Alex Presley

17. Bobby Wilson

Acquired as part of the Bryan Holaday swap, Wilson was brought in to provide additional catcher depth. However, he played in just five games for the Tigers before being shipped back to Texas.

Over those five contests, the veteran hit .154 with a .354 OPS and a .163 wOBA. He posted a -9 wRC+ that ranked behind the likes of Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris. Despite the poor numbers, the Tigers were able to acquire a potentially useful pitcher in Chad Bell (11-4, 3.29 in 98.1 innings at Triple-A) in exchange for the backstop.

16. Bobby Parnell

Bobby Parnell came to the Detroit Tigers with plenty of upside. From 2010 to 2013, the 32-year-old was one of baseball’s most effective relievers while pitching for the Mets. Over that span, Parnell pitched to a 2.78 FIP while filling a number of roles.

However, things didn’t go as well with the Tigers.

Despite pitching to a 3.95 ERA in Toledo, Parnell allowed seven hits, five walks and four runs in just 5.1 innings for Detroit. He was released in late August.

15. Alex Presley

With the exception of reserve catcher John Hicks, Alex Presley appeared in the fewest games of any position player employed by the Tigers during the 2016 campaign. The outfielder made just five at-bats in three games, registering a single. He appeared in both left and center field.

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