3 possible moves remaining this offseason for the Detroit Tigers

Nov 8, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris
Nov 8, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris / Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
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1. The Detroit Tigers trade LHP Eduardo Rodriguez

As previously stated, the club as it stands has more than enough starters with big league experience to get them through. Injuries are a given during any spring training, but on paper as it stands, the Tigers will feature Eduardo Rodriguez, Spencer Turnbull, Matt Boyd, Matt Manning, and Michael Lorenzen in their rotation, with Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize both expected arrive in 2023 at some point, too.

Beyond that, they have Joey Wentz, Beau Brieske, Alex Faedo, Rony Garcia, Tyler Alexander, and Garrett Hill--all of whom have big league starting pitcher experience, and some of whom have thrived in the role. It's assumed multiple arms end up in the bullpen to start the year assuming health, but all of these names could start on any given day, which leaves the Tigers in a position where they can trade from their depth.

Eduardo Rodriguez was one of the shiny free agent signings then-GM Al Avila brought in following the 2021 season. Rodriguez pitched well when he was on the mound, but an injury that morphed into an unpaid leave for some time--leaving a taste of frustration and confusion in fans' mouths.

Rodriguez is scheduled to earn $14 million in 2023 according to Spotrac, which he should outperform as long as he's able to stay healthy and exceed his 17 starts in 2022, which would make him attractive to contenders looking for depth following the free agent frenzy.

The only downside is although Rodriguez was signed to a five-year contract, he does have a player opt-out following the upcoming year, which would diminish his value in trade. In exchange, the Tigers could seek prospect capital or bullpen help. We've written on this subject more extensively at the site here.

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