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Detroit Tigers: Six Moves That Will Help Detroit Make the Playoffs in 2017

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Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers players saw the team’s season end in disappointing fashion as Detroit missed the playoffs. Here are six moves the Tigers can make to reach the postseason when the calendar turns to 2017.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila reloaded instead of rebuilding the team’s roster last offseason.

In his first winter in charge, Avila signed the likes of Justin Upton and Jordan Zimmermann, while bringing in Justin Wilson, Cameron Maybin and Francisco Rodriguez via trade.

What was particularly encouraging about the moves was that Avila executed them without surrendering any top prospects or vital Major League pieces. He also moved on from a number of fringe players.

With the Tigers built for contending, but falling just short in 2016, Avila will need to pull off a similar reloading effort ahead of next season.

This time around, Detroit may not hand out multiple contracts with values eclipsing $100 million, but they’ll no doubt be active.

Because of said contracts and other previous salary commitments, Detroit will need to be creative in clearing cap space and acquiring Major League talent.

Here are five moves the Detroit Tigers can make in order to help the club reach the playoffs in 2017.

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