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Detroit Tigers: Three More Potential Free Agent Fits

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Jul 12, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) makes the play during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. The Twins won 7-1 over the Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) makes the play during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. The Twins won 7-1 over the Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Joe Smith (30) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Joe Smith (30) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /

Joe Smith
Position: Relief Pitcher
Age: 32
2016 Stat of Note: 8.5 Swinging Strike Percentage

Since entering the Majors in 2007, Joe Smith has done nothing but throw quality innings.

The reliever has pitched to a 2.93 ERA and a 3.65 FIP in 570.2 innings spread over 10 seasons pitching at the game’s highest level. Those 10 years included stints with the New York Mets, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Chicago Cubs.

All told, the veteran relief pitcher hast struck out 7.5 batters per nine innings while surrendering just 0.6 walks per nine frames.

In 52 innings split between the Halos and the World Series champs, the 32-year-old logged a 3.46 ERA. He also punched out 6.9 batters per nine innings while walking just 18 total hitters.

Potential Fit with the Detroit Tigers

The Tigers already have plenty of relief options, but adding a proven commodity like the former Met to the mix would certainly improve the team’s bullpen.

Smith could provide consistent innings for Detroit, taking the pressure off the likes of Shane Greene, Mark Lowe and Bruce Rondon.

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All things considered, the right-hander probably isn’t a candidate to close games, but he could develop into one of Detroit’s top setup men in building a bridge to Francisco Rodriguez.

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