Detroit Tigers fans witnessed a pitching staff that struggled at times during the 2016 season. While there were bright spots, a number of key veterans pitched poorly. Detroit needs better depth.
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila enters his second offseason in charge of the club looking to improve the team to the point where they can finally return to the playoffs next season.
One area of the roster that Avila could strengthen is the pitching staff.
As it stands, the Tigers have an excellent (should they pitch to their potential and ability) rotation. The group of five will be comprised of Justin Verlander, Daniel Norris, Michael Fulmer, Boyd and Jordan Zimmermann.
Additionally Avila and manager Brad Ausmus have a number of solid bullpen pieces in Francisco Rodriguez, Bruce Rondon, Alex Wilson, Justin Wilson, Shane Greene and Kyle Ryan. However, if the 2016 taught us anything, it is that depth is needed.
Including utility ace Andrew Romine, the Tigers used 23 different pitchers last season. Detroit rotated through a number of different relievers and starters, searching for the right mix.
Eventually, something resembling that right mix took shape, but it simply took too long for the Tigers to piece everything together.
Avila will need to add pitching depth in the offseason, son Detroit won’t have to mix and match in search of answers next season.
Here are a few intriguing candidates to improve said pitching depth for the Detroit Tigers.