Detroit Tigers: 3 things to learn from the Orioles rebuild
By Tyler Kotila
Is there hope for the Detroit Tigers’ sinking rebuild?
Things need to change as the Detroit Tigers try to bail out the sinking rebuild with a new front office regime. The Tigers’ new regime has to check some boxes and do some things better compared to how things were going… if the team wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
While I may be being the pessimist here, Avila’s decisions, Ilitch’s decisions, and the 2022 season itself were about three steps backward in the team’s rebuild. While they took a step forward with some of the positives this team has shown, they’ve taken steps back in the rebuild.
The Tigers’ new regime can learn from the Orioles and what they have done. While the Orioles did not win a title with this new squad, they have not made the postseason yet, and it’s not that they have a master plan.
But the work they have done has been notable. The Orioles have found the light at the end of the tunnel and are starting to get through the other side of their rebuild. The Tigers’ new regime has to be hoping to do more of the same.
The Tigers’ new regime really needs to be able to make changes. When it comes to drafting, as covered, the hope should be that they can continue to “hit” on some of these late-round players and establish a richer farm system.
On top of that, the team needs to start making more efficient transactions. Whether it’s not waiting to pull the trigger on a deal for three years until the player holds far less value, making efficient free agent signings, and bringing in added talent to the farm system.
While the Tigers’ player development has been moving in the right direction, the Orioles have been crushing the player development game. The Tigers need to keep moving up the ladder for optimal player development, which in turn helps the future of their prospects.
As the Detroit Tigers finally bring in a new regime and look to move in the right direction, taking a look at the Orioles’ rebuild is not the worst idea.