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Detroit Tigers: Daniel Stumpf and Chad Bell Provide Left-Handed Relief Options

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Mar 25, 2016; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf (53) pitches during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf (53) pitches during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 21, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon (43) and teammates pitch in the bullpen at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers fans will see a familiar bullpen unit in 2017. Most of last season’s relievers should make the team. However, there are some intriguing left-handers to watch in Spring Training.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila spent the offseason before the 2016 campaign bolstering the team’s bullpen.

Avila traded blocked infield prospect Javier Betancourt to the Milwaukee Brewers for closer Francisco Rodriguez.

He also flipped mid-level pitching prospects Chad Green and Luis Cessa to the New York Yankees for reliever Justin Wilson.

Rounding out the new additions was Mark Lowe, who joined Detroit as a free agent.

Rodriguez stepped into the closer’s role, while Wilson and Lowe initially served as setup relievers.

This brought stability to the rest of the bullpen, as the group were able to settle into more definite roles.

For the most part, the Tigers relief corps flourished. Wilson and Shane Greene showed flashes of dominance, while Alex Wilson, Kyle Ryan, Bruce Rondon and Blaine Hardy all posted ERAs below 4.00.

Fast forward to this past offseason, and Avila focused more on adding depth.

The general manager brought in a number of minor league free agents, while also acquiring the hard-throwing Victor Alcantara in a deal for Cameron Maybin.

Daniel Stumpf was also added, via the Rule 5 draft, while Myles Jaye and Chad Bell were added to the 40-man roster.

Stumpf and Bell in particular will factor into the discussion in terms of left-handed relievers.

Here’s a look at the duo

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