Rebound Seasons Make Trades Much More Doable
This is all without mentioning the fact that one or both of Pelfrey and Lowe could rebound next year. In this scenario, Detroit could look to deal either if they feel the rotation or bullpen depth is sufficient.
Once Pelfrey or Lowe start to pitch more consistently next season, they become much easier to trade. As the season progresses, potential trade partners won’t have to take on as much salary in acquiring either pitcher.
Even if the duo rebound, they certainly have enough pitching depth to move Pelfrey and Lowe.
Next year’s rotation will more than likely consist of Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jordan Zimmermann. Buck Farmer, Chad Bell, Myles Jaye and Anibal Sanchez all provide Avila and Ausmus additional starting depth, making Pelfrey more than expendable.
In terms of relievers, the likes of Kyle Ryan, Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy all provide options in the earlier innings. What’s more, Bruce Rondon, Shane Greene, Justin Wilson and incoming rookie Joe Jimenez all can operate as late-inning options.
There’s always the option of letting Pelfrey and Lowe’s contracts expire, but moving them early gives the Detroit Tigers a chance to get a head start on saving money.