Rounding out the list
Whether Bruce Rondon sticks with the organization over the long haul remains to be seen.
He certainly has the talent, with a FIP south of 4.00 and double-digit strikeout per nine innings rates in his time in the Majors in 2016 and 2017.
Hardy hasn’t quite been able to replicate the form he showed in 2014 and 2015, when he was often the team’s most reliable reliever.
Since pitching to a 2.89 FIP in 61.1 frames in 2015, the southpaw’s production in the Majors has slipped.
For a start, he’s only thrown 59 innings since the 2016.
Over the course of those 69 innings, he’s worked to a 4.78 FIP and a 1.627 WHIP. With a bullpen containing so many question marks, it probably makes sense to keep the lefty around.
Best case scenario, he rebuilds his value and becomes a trade chip in his own right by the time July rolls around in 2018 or 2019.
With James McCann and John Hicks set at catcher, Holaday could be the odd man out.
Currently occupying a spot on Detroit’s 40-man roster, the Tigers could always remove Holaday and look to re-sign him to a minors deal if they need to clear space.
In that situation, he’d be the team’s third catcher.
The veteran didn’t do too much with the bat in his time in the Majors during the month of September, registering a .236 wOBA and a 39 wRC+.