Despite the struggles in 2015, Detroit’s relievers were much more successful in 2016.
The unit finished 12th in fWAR and 15th in FIP. The bullpen helped the franchise to an 86-75 record that finished just short of a playoff berth.
However, the arrivals of Rodriguez and Wilson also helped the rest of the relievers settle into more consistent roles.
The 2018 bullpen
As it stands, the Detroit Tigers don’t have many established options for new manager Ron Gardenhire to turn to next season.
Outside of the duo and perhaps Daniel Stumpf, the rest of the bullpen is full of question marks.
While Detroit’s lack of options isn’t ideal, Greene and Wilson’s respective roles as closer and primary eighth-inning option present some stability heading into the season.
The same can be said of Daniel Stumpf as the bullpen’s primary left-handed reliever.