The Detroit Tigers are rebuilding in 2018 and the best thing that they can do is continue to move forward.
The Detroit Tigers have already started rebuilding the franchise, trading away veteran players for prospects to stockpile a depleted farm system. This scenario seems like the one that is most likely to happen. The Detroit Tigers will post wins in the 65-75 win range, acquire some more prospects and work towards the goal of being World Series contenders.
General Manager Al Avila has already stated that there’s no long-term future for shortstop Jose Iglesias, but what kind of return can he haul? Only time will tell the answer to that, but the Detroit Tigers still have veterans on their roster they can ship away for prospects.
As I stated above, I think this is the most likely scenario to happen. I don’t see the team making a wildcard berth this season. I also don’t see them losing at least 100 games. Somewhere in the middle seems sensible enough as they continue to rebuild. I actually wouldn’t’ be surprised with a 75-win season this year and then an 85+ win season in 2019 (it’s possible I’m being too optimistic).
Finally, we have one last worst case scenario to look at. The Tigers being wildcard contenders and try to make a playoff run.