Detroit Tigers Five Free Agent Pitchers Team Should Sign

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May 12, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) looks on during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Baltimore Orioles won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers fans will see some change this offseason, potentially in the pitching staff. With Detroit reportedly attending Greg Holland’s showcase, here are five other pitchers the team should take fliers on.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila is looking to make the team younger and more financially sustainable—stop me if you’ve heard that before.

While this means the team won’t be in on major free agents, there are a number of other free agents worth looking into as potentially low-risk, high-reward pieces.

Detroit’s pitching staff featured some obvious bright spots.

Justin Verlander pitched like a Cy Young contender, while Michael Fulmer also showed he can headline a rotation.

What’s more, Bruce Rondon, Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris all took significant steps forward in their development as Major League pitchers.

However, there were also some less-than encouraging developments.

The likes of Rondon, Francisco Rodriguez and Justin Wilson will continue to pitch late in games, but filling out the rest of the bullpen was a struggle.

Outside of the aforementioned trio, Kyle Ryan, Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy, there was plenty of mixing and matching to find the right group.

Not counting utility man Andrew Romine, the team used 22 different pitchers last season. These included Warwick Saupold, Dustin Molleken, Bobby Parnell, Logan Kensing and Joe Mantiply.

While the likes of Molleken, Parnell and Kensing—who were signed in relatively minor deals over the offseason—didn’t pan out, that shouldn’t stop Detroit from looking into other buy-low free agents.

Here are five intriguing options.

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