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Detroit Tigers: Five Non-Tendered Players Who Are Potential Fits

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Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers vice president Al Avila prior to game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers vice president Al Avila prior to game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 17, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chris Withrow (51) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chris Withrow (51) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Name: Chris Withrow
Position: Reliever
2016 WAR: -0.3

Stats of Note

Another reliever coming off a solid season, Withrow provided Atlanta with some quality relief work.

In 37.2 innings, the former Dodger logged a 3.58 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched.

These kinds of numbers are nothing new for the right-hander, who posted a 2.73 ERA and a 3.65 FIP in 56 relief frames for Los Angeles from 2013 to 2014. That stretch in Southern California also included 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Why Withrow is a Fit for the Detroit Tigers

If Withrow can regain the strikeout form he showcased with the Dodgers, he could be an intriguing addition to Detroit’s bullpen.

A return to form certainly isn’t out of the question for the 27-year-old. In his two seasons with Los Angeles, Withrow logged swinging strike percentages of 11.6 and 13.0.

During his time with the Braves, the Texas native turned in an 11.2 swinging strike percentage. He also punched out 10.80 batters per nine innings in a small sample size at Triple-A last season.

Potential Role in Detroit

Similar to Manship, Withrow likely wouldn’t vault himself into the discussion for late-inning duties. However, given his tendency to post above-average strikeout numbers, the former Atlanta pitcher could develop into a bullpen cog for the Detroit Tigers.

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