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Detroit Tigers: Who Leaves When J.D. Martinez Returns?

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Feb 24, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) swings at strike three to end the fourth inning during a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) swings at strike three to end the fourth inning during a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 12, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers player Andrew Romine (17) hits a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers player Andrew Romine (17) hits a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Andrew Romine is the one player who will most certainly stay with the Tigers in Detroit. He is currently in his fourth season as a super-utility player with the team. While Martinez has been on the DL, he has spent time in left field and centerfield as well as first base and second base. While last season, he only spent a few games in right field.

However, this does not mean that Romine cannot play right field. After one outfielder is sent down to Toledo, Romine could end up playing on a daily basis, spending time in both center, where he splits time with JaCoby Jones, and right.

If the Tigers are going to look at performance on and off the plate, Romine has shown his value. His bat has slowed down from last week. As of today, he has a slash of .250/.276/.500 with a .776 OPS. He drew attention of several media outlets with his first grand slam that he hit on April 12 against the Minnesota Twins. Ironically, on that same day, he was tested for PED use. Since that day, his bat slowed down and he has only hit one double.

Romine could easily be an everyday player but he has only played in 10 of the 14 games the Tigers have had so far this season.

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