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Detroit Tigers: Arbitration-eligible players as trade candidates

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 23: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a ninth inning home run with Alex Presley #14 while playing New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 23, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 23: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a ninth inning home run with Alex Presley #14 while playing New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 23, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 1: Bryan Holaday #50 of the Detroit Tigers slides into third base against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning during their baseball game on October 1, 2017, at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.(Photo by Andy King/Getty Images) /

Rounding out the list

Bruce Rondon

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.

Blaine Hardy

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.

Bryan Holaday

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.

Next: If Shane Greene is traded, these 3 teams have the trade chips to give Tigers the best return.

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+.

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