Every baseball season brings inevitable roster churn, and there are a few Detroit Tigers who may find themselves out of a roster spot very soon.
It’s an unfortunate reality in a highly competitive business, but if the Detroit Tigers actually want to get better, they need to part ways with players who aren’t up to snuff.
We’ve already seen quite a few departures this off season. Since last December, the Detroit Tigers have designated for assignment Anthony Castro, Eric Haase, Troy Stokes Jr., Sergio Alcántara, Travis Demeritte, and John Schreiber.
With the exception of Haase, all those players were claimed by other teams. Some take that as a sign the Detroit Tigers roster is growing stronger at the margins, but realistically this is still a 90-loss team.
Julio Teheran and Renato Núñez are expected to make the team. Both were signed to minor-league deals, so they will have to be added to the 40-man roster in the near future. The Tigers can clear space for them by placing Alex Faedo and Joey Wentz on the 60-day IL.
But Wentz should be healthy enough to contribute in a few months, and if Detroit wants to add any other non-roster invitees like Derek Holland, Ian Krol, Erasmo Ramírez, or Greg Garcia, the team will have to make some cuts. Here are four players who could lose their roster spot.