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Detroit Tigers: Four Spring Training Invitees Most Likely To Make Opening Day Roster

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Feb 23, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joe Jimenez (77) warms up during the Detroit Tigers spring training camp at Joker Merchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 23, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joe Jimenez (77) warms up during the Detroit Tigers spring training camp at Joker Merchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) receives congratulations from right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers fans have seen relatively few moves this offseason. The club’s roster could look similar to 2016’s group of players. Here are the Spring Training invitees most likely to make the team.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila has so far made three moves of note since the regular season ended.

Avila dealt Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. He also selected left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf in the Rule 5 Draft.

The most recent move came in the form of signing longtime Tiger Alex Avila to serve as James McCann’s backup.

With so few changes to the Major League roster, the Tigers won’t have many new faces challenging for roster spots.

Obviously, a new center fielder will be needed to take Maybin’s place, but that is the only starting spot up for grabs.

Considering Detroit already has JaCoby Jones, Tyler Collins and Anthony Gose as center field candidates, it may be difficult for a Spring Training invitee to carve out a role with the team.

However, five players invited to Major League Spring Training stand out as the most likely to make the team.

The Tigers announced in a press release on Wednesday morning that 22 players had been invited to camp. Here are the four most likely to make the Opening Day roster.

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