Detroit Tigers: Potential offseason 40-man roster departures
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila will need to add some prospects to the 40-man roster this offseason. Here are the most likely players to be moved to make room.
Detroit Tigers fans have endured a tough season.
After seeing the team fall out of the playoff race and trade away stars like Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton.
Now, the rest of this season—and likely part of next season—is about finding players who will be on the next great Tigers team.
That future team will likely include some combination of Franklin Perez, Christin Stewart, Mike Gerber, Matt Manning, Grayson Long, Alex Faedo, Derek Hill, Jake Rogers, Daz Cameron and Isaac Paredes among others.
Perez, Stewart, Gerber and Long could conceivably arrive sometime in 2018 to join a Major League core that also features Michael Fulmer, Jeimer Candelario, Mikie Mahtook, Shane Greene, Nicholas Castellanos and Joe Jimenez.
They could be joined by other prospects like Beau Burrows, Bryan Garcia, Mark Ecker, Paul Voelker, Matt Hall and Grayson Greiner.
As it stands, none of those prospects are currently on the 40-man roster. If Detroit wants to add any of them to the team this offseason—particularly players like Gerber, Hill and Voelker who will need to be added as they are potentially eligible for the Rule 5 draft—the Tigers will need 40-man roster space.
Presently with a full 40-man roster, here are the players who could conceivably depart Detroit to make room for the prospects, as well as potential offseason additions.