The Detroit Tigers should consider adding a veteran reliever (or two) that they can use in the first half and potentially deal at the trade deadline.
For what feels like the 100th year in a row, the Detroit Tigers had a poor performing bullpen. While they had some pieces that looked solid, including Joe Jimenez, Blaine Hardy, Alex Wilson and Louis Coleman – the performance as a whole was subpar.
For a rebuilding team, having an elite bullpen is somewhat unnecessary. This team should be focusing on acquiring young, cost-controlled talent in the field and in the starting rotation. The bullpen is a piece that is easier to fix when the team is ready to contend for a World Series.
However – that doesn’t mean the Tigers shouldn’t look for reinforcements this offseason. There are a ton of free agent relievers, and a supply and demand issue should create a situation where quality bullpen arms are available on the cheap. If the Tigers are able to, they should bargain hunt for a reliever or two. That way, they have some reinforcements if/when some of their younger arms struggle or get hurt.
Plus, as we have seen in years past, high-performing relievers often bring back high-quality prospects at the trade deadline. The Tigers might as well scoop up a reliever or two on the cheap and hope they perform well so they can trade them and get another prospect to add to their impressive collection. If the reliever doesn’t pan out – no harm done.
Here are three arms the Detroit Tigers could consider adding this offseason.