Detroit Tigers: Potential offseason 40-man roster departures

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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 16: Blaine Hardy #36 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Comerica Park on September 16, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Blaine Hardy

The Detroit Tigers bullpen is undergoing a bit of a youth movement.

Zac Reininger, Joe Jimenez, Jairo Labourt and Victor Alcantara have all stepped in down the stretch, while the likes of Bryan Garcia, Mark Ecker, Paul Voelker, Adam Ravenelle and Ruben Alaniz could conceivably join them next season.

In that regard, Hardy could conceivably be on the outside looking in.

It doesn’t help that he’s pitched to a 5.27 xFIP in 29 Major League innings this season.

Jeff Ferrell

Ferrell throws hard, but has allowed 16 hits, six runs, four walks and two home runs in 8.2 frames of work with the Tigers this season.

Like Hardy, he could be on the outside looking in where bullpen places are concerned in 2018.

Andrew Romine

Romine could be a trade fit for a contending team looking to add defensive versatility to the bench.

With a career-high .114 ISO this season, the utility ace can also add some value at the plate.

Similar to a number of the veterans on this list, Detroit should give a younger player Romine’s bench spot in 2018.

Just which young player that is remains to be seen, but Ficociello could make for an intriguing bench cog given his own versatility.

Jim Adduci

One of the few members of the 40-man roster not to be called up this month, Adduci could be dealt in the offseason.

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He showed well (91 wRC+, .157 ISO, 10.8 walk percentage) in 93 plate appearances for Detroit earlier this season, but is 32 and could be part of a potentially crowded outfield picture next year.