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.