Detroit Tigers: Four free agent relievers worth considering

Tigers reliever Gregory Soto pitches during the ninth inning of the Tigers' 6-5 win over the White Sox on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Comerica Park.Tigers
Tigers reliever Gregory Soto pitches during the ninth inning of the Tigers' 6-5 win over the White Sox on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Comerica Park.Tigers /
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Oct 23, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Corey Knebel (46) pitches during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves in game six of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers Targets:  A few familiar faces

RHP Corey Knebel

The Dodgers have many decisions to make when it comes to payroll this off-season and while Cisnero was good, towards the end of the season, he struggled before hitting the IL with right elbow issues.

Former Tiger Knebel has had his fair share of health issues, granted, with Tommy John surgery in Milwaukee and hitting the 60-day IL in May due to a right lat strain and didn’t pitch until August.  But his stuff is good when he does pitch, with a 29.7% K rate and holding batters to a .167 batting average with a curve that has some elite spin in addition to a plus fastball.

Pick your poison. Knebel’s curve, Lange’s changeup, or Soto’s slider. It is pretty tempting if you think about it.

RHP Wily Peralta

Whether as a piece in the bullpen or in the rotation, Peralta’s strikeout rate does not exactly jump out at you but what does is his run value against his split-finger fastball, which was -16. In my opinion, he could be a long reliever or spot starter. Bringing him back makes sense since they saw something with him last winter and he came up from Toledo and helped the Tigers in the second half.

With his splitter, I think that could be an effective pitch one time through the order to help bridge the gap to Soto. If the Tigers decide to go elsewhere to sign a starter, I would not mind Peralta out of the bullpen.

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