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AJ Hinch says Detroit Tigers actively looking to add to roster

Tigers manager AJ Hinch watches live bating practice during Detroit Tigers spring training on Monday, March 14, 2022, at TigerTown in Lakeland, Florida.Tigers1
Tigers manager AJ Hinch watches live bating practice during Detroit Tigers spring training on Monday, March 14, 2022, at TigerTown in Lakeland, Florida.Tigers1 /
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When speaking to the media yesterday, Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch says the team is still actively searching to add to the roster.

Detroit Tigers fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief after hearing the words of manager A. J. Hinch when speaking to the media yesterday.

Yesterday, the team announced they added a few more veterans to the spring roster in right-hander Chase Anderson and catcher Ryan Lavarnway, but looking at the roster for a playoff push in 2022, there are a few things missing.

Detroit Tigers could use the following:

Looking at the names that are left in the market, there are a number of ways the Tigers could go about filling the starting rotation.

  • LHP Tyler Anderson, who has a projected fWAR of 2.1 and could fill the back end of the rotation
  • RHP Johnny Cueto: Veteran starter with playoff experience
  • RHP Michael Pineda: Another backend starter
  • LHP Matthew Boyd: Bringing back a familiar face to the rotation
  • RHP Zack Greinke:  He’s 38 years old but a veteran starter that could help the rotation
  • RHP Chris Archer: Low risk, high reward situation
  • RHP Tanner Roark: Spent last season in Atlanta but has regressed a bit
  • RHP Wily Peralta: Another familiar face

What about the bullpen?

I listed a few names that could help the bullpen this season on Sunday, but there are a few names I did not post because we either covered them already, but here are the names on the higher end of the market.

RHP Kenley Jansen

LHP Andrew Chafin

RHP Ryan Tepera

RHP Mychal Givens

Bats wise, if Detroit wanted to go with another bat for the outfielder or a utility infielder, these are the names still out there.

  • OF Nick Castellanos: Stranger things have happened, but he is still on the market.
  • UTI Jonathan Villar: A fan on social media mentioned Villar, and it makes sense since he can play anywhere in the infield, but the Tigers have plenty of infielders to work with in camp.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber: This might be a stretch for this to happen. He might command too much money.
  • OF Eddie Rosario: An AL Central foe, Rosario’s bat would be welcome in Detroit
  • OF Michael Conforto: He doesn’t turn 30 until next season and has a projected fWAR of 2.5. Can play both corner spots.
  • OF Joc Pederson: Another favorite among the fanbase, like Rosario, coming off a World Series win.

Chris mentioned a few names last week as well that would be good for Detroit to pick up, but if the Tigers are serious, now is the time to get a deal done. If there is one thing that we are starting to get used to is a manager who looks to have more of a say in player personal. Hinch’s experience in the front office is clearly on display, so whomever he has in mind, hopefully the front office green lights it.

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