Detroit Tigers: Potential offseason 40-man roster departures

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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 9: Chad Bell #64 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Chad Bell

Chad Bell showed early promise as a long reliever early in the season, allowing just 16 hits, seven walks, five earned runs and three home runs in his first 20.1 innings.

That spits out to a 2.21 ERA.

However, Bell hasn’t showed the same promise as of late, with 55 hits, 35 runs (34 earned), 19 walks and seven home runs allowed in his last 35.1 frames.

That spits out to a 8.91 ERA.

The 28-year-old has been hit particularly hard since moving into the starting rotation, posting a 9.75 ERA, a 5.41 FIP and a 5.18 xFIP in his three starts. None of those three starts has reached the five-inning plateau.

Bryan Holaday

A September call up by the Tigers, Holaday was added to the 40-man roster to serve as the team’s third catcher.

If the Tigers decide to go younger with a third catcher, they could replace the veteran Holaday with Greiner, who ended 2017 with Triple-A Toledo.

Efren Navarro

Another September addition to the 40-man roster, Navarro is a more than capable defender at first base, but entered Sunday with just three hits and a walk in 25 plate appearances.

A lifetime .236 hitter with a .606 OPS, Detroit may find it more prudent in the long run to utilize someone like Dominic Ficociello, or even Stewart as an alternative to Miguel Cabrera at first base.