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Detroit Tigers pitchers Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning, and Casey Mize pose during spring training. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 31, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (56) looks up and taps his chest as he walks off the field during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers players who will be tendered:

Spencer Turnbull: Arbitration Year 1- Turnbull has become a bonafide starter with tremendous value and will still be a steal assuming health. I am confident he will not be traded despite his potential value at the deadline this year, though his health situation has tampered down those rumblings anyways.

Jeimer Candelario: Arbitration year 2- What is the CandyMan exactly? He flashes brilliance that had some fans screaming for an extension after featuring a May OPS of .884. That was sandwiched in between a March/April of .661 and a .514 for the month of June through the 27th. He was excellent in 52 games in 2020 with a .297/.369/.503 slash line which is an OPS of .872.

Jeimer is the modern-day Todd Jones of position players for the Tigers. Cedar Point should rename a roller coaster after him. It is really frustrating how he goes from looking like an all-star candidate for a month and then Eric Munson in the blink of an eye.  I suspect he is basically a league-average player, with these next 3 months being huge for his future paydays and roll with the team. Currently, I would keep taking it a year to year with him.

Likely to be tendered:

Matthew Boyd: Arbitration year 4: Assuming the new CBA does not affect his status, Boyd and his current 6.5 million dollar salary will be entering his final season before free agency. While I am not a huge fan of his roller coaster performances they feature a good couple of months followed by mediocrity and awful, you can do worse than having Boyd in the 5th spot in the rotation.

Assuming health and no trade, I can see him being brought back for 2022 before being bid adieu. Don’t worry about losing mediocre assets that are easily replaceable without getting a return. Essentially the 8-9 Million or so he will get for next season can be put towards a replacement the following year if necessary. As much as I have been ready to move on from Boyd for years I am bracing for one last swan song.

My biggest fan wish is to cut loose of Boyd and spend another 10-15 million over top of his savings now to bring back Justin Verlander. However, with other holes more pressing for next year, I don’t think the reunion most of us are wishing for is in the cards just yet. Perhaps for 2023 or 2024 if Verlander proves healthy and is still performing at a high level. He has indicated he wants to play several more years and I’m not betting against him reaching his mid 40’s as a productive player.

Jose Cisnero- I am putting him in the likely category only because I believe he could be traded at the deadline. If he remains with the team I am bringing him back without question. Relievers are always in high demand and if there is a reasonable return, moving the 32-year-old Cisnero to a contender is a real possibility. I just assume keep him for 2022 but we will have to see this play out.