Detroit Tigers: Potential in-house Anibal Sanchez replacements

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 26: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the mound to pull starter Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at Comerica Park on July 26, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 26: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the mound to pull starter Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at Comerica Park on July 26, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 28: Relief pitcher Warwick Saupold #53 of the Detroit Tigers delivers to home plate against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning of an interleague game at Coors Field on August 28, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Warwick Saupold

If Farmer is the best bet of the bunch, Saupold might be a close second.

Providing plenty of value as a reliever early in the year with his ability to soak up innings, Saupold ended up hemorrhaging runs down the stretch.

This left his run-prevention stats (5.57 xFIP, 5.39 FIP, 5.13 SIERA and a 4.88 ERA) in the “leaves something to be desired” category.

In his last 25.2 innings, the right-hander allowed 35 hits, 24 earned runs, 19 walks and four home runs.

If he can pitch similarly to how he did in the first 33.2 innings of the year (23 hits, 11 walks, eight earned runs and four home runs allowed), Detroit’s rotation will be in much better shape.

A move by Saupold would also open up a bullpen spot for a younger reliever like Bryan Garcia, Jairo Labourt or Zac Reininger.

Chad Bell

Bell’s Major League career started with plenty of promise, with no runs allowed through his first 7.2 innings and just five runs overall in his first 20.1 frames.

That being said, the next 43 innings weren’t as promising.

The southpaw faced 212 batters in those innings. In the process he was tagged for 65 hits, 43 earned runs, 24 walks and nine home runs.

So yeah, not a great ratio there.

Detroit may find it more advantageous to move Bell to a role as a one-inning reliever, where his velocity can play up more.

It’s also worth noting that the left-hander recorded exactly three outs on eight different occasions in 2017. He gave up just seven hits, three walks and two runs over that span, striking out seven.

That’s obviously small sample size, but it’s something to go on for a bullpen filled with uncertainty.

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