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Detroit Tigers Announce Moves, Continue to Trim Roster in Process

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Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Mike Gerber (75) signs autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Mike Gerber (75) signs autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers player continue to make their way through Grapefruit League play. With Opening Day getting closer, the team is starting to make roster moves to get closer to the unit that will head to Chicago.

Detroit Tigers fans have seen plenty of encouraging signs during Spring Training.

The likes of Dixon Machado (.314 batting average), Andrew Romine (.308) and JaCoby Jones (.292) have all shown well at the plate.

What’s more, Jones has struck out just four times in 24 at-bats.

Meanwhile, Dominic Ficociello has slugged three home runs, while Justin Upton paces the squad with four home runs and 10 RBI.

On the pitching side of things, the hard-throwing duo of Ruben Alaniz and Arcenio Leon have stood out.

Alaniz and Leon potentially give the Tigers two added bullpen pieces for the coming season.

The likes of Machado, Jones, Ficociello, Alaniz and Leon will be worth watching down the stretch in Spring Training as none are locks to make the team.

However, that could conceivably change with more solid displays.

With Opening Day continuing to linger on the horizon, the Detroit Tigers have made a handful of moves to pare down the roster—per a series of tweets from the Tigers’ official Twitter account.

Detroit’s Twitter accounted tweeted the following two tweets on Wednesday morning:

"“The #Tigers today have optioned RHP Myles Jaye to Triple A Toledo.”"

"“Additionally, the #Tigers have reassigned C’s Austin Green and Grayson Greiner and OF’s Mike Gerber and Jason Krizan to minor league camp.”"

Important Depth

Myles Jaye, Austin Green, Grayson Greiner, Mike Gerber and Jason Krizan represented key depth for the Tigers.

Jaye was a younger alternative to Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey in terms of rotation options, and will likely continue to serve as a depth piece moving forward.

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Elsewhere, Green and Grenier provide Detroit with a pair of catchers who could step in should something happen to James McCann, Alex Avila and John Hicks.

Of the duo, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Greiner make his Major League debut in the coming seasons seeing as he made his Triple-A debut towards the end of the 2016 campaign.

Meanwhile, Gerber and Krizan will provide outfield depth in the upper minors.

So far in his minor league career, Gerber has done nothing but stuff the stat sheet, becoming one of Detroit’s top prospects in the process.

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Krizan on the other hand is another intriguing option considering he can play all three outfield spots, as well as first base and second base.

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