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Detroit Tigers: Recently-Released Players Worth Taking a Flier on

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Mar 7, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Bryan Holaday (left) is congratulated by Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Tyler Goeddel (2) after Holiday hits a two run homer during the seventh inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Phillies won 11-6. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Bryan Holaday (left) is congratulated by Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Tyler Goeddel (2) after Holiday hits a two run homer during the seventh inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Phillies won 11-6. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 13, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA;Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Chris Coghlan (3) slides safe into home plate as Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph (36) attempted to tag him out during the first inning at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA;Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Chris Coghlan (3) slides safe into home plate as Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph (36) attempted to tag him out during the first inning at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Chris Coghlan
Age: 31
Positions: Left Field, Right Field, First Base, Second Base and Third Base
Hits: Right-Handed

Another player cut by the Philadelphia Phillies in Spring Training, the National League East franchise announced the move on Tuesday morning in a tweet.

Philadelphia’s official Twitter account tweeted:

"“#Phillies have released OF Chris Coghlan.”"

Coghlan is more or less what the Detroit Tigers were looking for when the team signed Mike Aviles last offseason—a super-utility player who can bring value on offense.

The veteran only hit .188 last season with a .290 on-base percentage, but those numbers were spread out over 99 combined games with Oakland and Chicago. Coghlan’s numbers with the Cubs were much more encouraging.

In 48 games, the former Rookie of the Year turned in a strong .391 on-base percentage to go with 21 runs scored, 16 RBI, seven doubles, two triples, a home run and a stolen base.

If he can post similar numbers to those, or the stats he turned in during the 2015 campaign with Chicago (.341 on-base percentage, 41 RBI, 25 doubles, 16 home runs, 11 stolen bases and six triples in 440 at-bats), he’d make an ideal depth piece.

Vance Worley
Age: 29
Position: Pitcher
Throws: Right-Handed

Last but not least, Vance Worley was reportedly let go by the Nationals on Wednesday.

The Washington Post’s Chelsea James reported the move in a tweet on Wednesday morning. James tweeted:

"“Nationals announce they have released Vance Worley. Trevor Gott, AJ Colego to Triple A. Jacob Turner and Solano re-assigned to minors, too.”"

Worley has plenty of past success in the Majors, whether it be with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh early in his career, or with Baltimore last season.

The pitcher owns a career 3.75 ERA, and posted a 3.53 number in the category last season. A potential swingman, Worley made 47 relief appearances and 29 starts over the last few seasons.

His relief outings have included 19 games finished and a save.

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The former Pirate would give the Tigers another depth piece in the rotation alongside the likes of Buck Farmer, Warwick Saupold and Myles Jaye.

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