Detroit Tigers: Candidates for final 40-man roster spot

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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 18: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals fields a fly ball hit to short right field by Rajai Davis of the Detroit Tigers for an out during the third inning at Comerica Park on June 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Internal Candidates Part 2: Veterans

Joshua Turley

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.

Omar Infante

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.

Efren Navarro

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.