Detroit Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila could do with more depth signings. Here are two fits in Felix Doubront and Leonys Martin.
Detroit Tigers fans have already seen executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila start to accumulate depth ahead of the upcoming season.
Avila and the rest of the front office have already added relievers Kevin Comer and Mark Montgomery, utility man Niko Goodrum and outfielder and first baseman Chad Huffman this winter on minor league deals.
This is all without mentioning starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter, who signed on a Major League deal and is currently occupying a spot on the 40-man roster.
The additions have helped replenish some of the depth lost in the upper levels of the organization’s minor league system.
As it stands, the list of former Detroit Tigers minor league players who are now free agents includes the likes of Jim Adduci, Tyler Collins, Jeff Ferrell, Bryan Holaday, Omar Infante, Myles Jaye, Steven Moya, Jason Krizan, Alex Presley, Kyle Ryan and Efren Navarro.
However, as the offseason progresses, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Tigers’ front office add more depth signings.
Ideally some of these players could conceivably become a contributor or even an eventual trade chip for the Tigers.
At worst, they’d be useful players to stash at Triple-A Toledo.
Once again, this is all speculative, but here are a pair of hypothetical depth adds for the Detroit Tigers.
A World Series winner with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, Doubront proved to be a quality back end of the rotation starter for the Sox during his time with the American League East franchise.
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His best years came in 2012 and 2013.
During those seasons, he racked up a cumulative 3.5 fWAR over 323.1 frames of work.
Doubront resurfaced as a swingman with the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate last season.
In 42 innings he struck out 50 over that span, walking just 19 hitters.
That spits out to 10.7 strikeouts and 4.1 walks per nine frames.
While the walks aren’t ideal, Doubront’s ability to miss bats could play well in Detroit’s bullpen.
With so much uncertainty, it might be beneficial to add a reliever to the mix with signficant Major League experience.
MCB wrote about Martin being a fit for the Detroit Tigers back in late April when the Mariners designated him for assignment.
Now, after wrapping up a stint with the Chicago Cubs, Martin is a free agent and the fit remains.
At his best, the veteran posted fWAR stats in the 2.0 to 4.0 range, checking in with fWARs of 2.9, 3.6 and 2.2 in 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively.
From 2013 to 2015 the former Ranger notched respective DRS metrics of +14, +16 and +15. His UZR/150 numbers those years? 14.3, 10.7 and 15.4.
Offensively, he could also chip in.
The 29-year-old is just a year removed from a 2016 season that saw him accumulate 72 runs scored, 47 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 15 home runs. He also turned in an 88 wRC+ and a .131 ISO.
If Martin could put up those kinds of numbers in a Detroit uniform, he would become a valuable trade chip for the Tigers.