Detroit Tigers: Candidates for final 40-man roster spot
Internal Candidates Part 2: Veterans
If the Detroit Tigers want another left-handed option in the bullpen, Joshua Turley would be an intriguing choice.
The 26-year-old owns a 3.10 ERA in 636.2 career minor league innings, and could work as a long reliever a la Saupold or Chad Bell.
While Turley doesn’t throw hard, but controls five pitches, including a knuckleball.
The former Tigers infielder is enjoying a solid offensive season with Toledo, collecting 27 RBI, 22 doubles, three home runs and three stolen bases in 441 plate appearances.
He’s also hitting .274 with a .655 OPS.
Infante has played all across the diamond in the past, and could give Brad Ausmus another flexible defensive option to pair with Andrew Romine off the bench in September.
The Detroit Tigers may not need another first baseman with Miguel Cabrera, John Hicks and Romine on hand as capable defenders at the position.
However, Navarro has been excellent with the Mud Hens.
The 31-year-old is batting .281 with a .377 on-base percentage, a .408 slugging percentage, a .785 OPS, a .354 wOBA and a 121 wRC+.
He’s also chipped in with 55 RBI, 55 runs scored, 20 doubles, 10 home runs, two triples and two stolen baes in 494 plate appearances.
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It certainly doesn’t hurt that Navarro is also a strong defender at first base.