C Jake Rogers
There are two position players that are slated to come off the 60-day IL. The first of which is Jake Rogers, who ended up missing the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He’ll probably get his spot back, which once again means the Detroit Tigers would have to make a corresponding move. This time, we’ll go with Kody Clemens.
Detroit Tigers fans were clamoring for him to be called up after a hot start at Triple-A Toledo. Shockingly enough, those same people were calling for him to be DFA’d when he stunk in the big leagues. He can play a multitude of postitions, and played most of them quite well, but he just can’t hit. A .505 OPS just won’t get it done.
OF Austin Meadows
Meadows will almost certainly be added to the 40-man roster. He was supposed to be a huge addition to the Tigers lineup, but we all know how that panned out. Hopefully, he’s healthy both phyically and mentally for 2023.
The corresponing move here is pretty simple: DFA Daz Cameron. He just doesn’t have a spot anymore. The Tigers will probably bring in an outfielder in free agency as well. Daz had his moments with the Tigers, such as his game-tying home run off Liam Hendriks after a rain delay last year, and his HR robbery against Cleveland this year. But he’s just out of time here.
One wild card that could play into all of this: Andrew Chafin’s player option. If he opts out, that’s one less player the Detroit Tigers need to get rid of.
Okay, we’re almost done. Let’s recap what the Detroit Tigers 40-man roster would look like should these scenarios actually happen. Currently, it’s at 40.
Tarik Skubal ON, Bryan Garcia OFF
Casey Mize ON, Daniel Norris OFF
Spencer Turnbull ON, Daniel Norris OFF
Beau Brieske ON, Brendon Davis OFF
Matt Manning ON, Zack Short OFF
Kyle Funkhouser OFF
Rony Garcia ON, Josh Lester OFF
Jake Rogers ON, Kody Clemens OFF
Austin Meadows ON, Daz Cameron OFF
And so, the 40-man roster would remain at 40, but they would shed a lot of dead weight off it. Plus, there will be many more moves to be made in arbitration and stuff like that. It’s going to be a busy offseason. Buckle up.