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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3. The Detroit Tigers trade RHP Matt Manning

As we discussed with Rodriguez, the Tigers' depth at starting pitcher makes an arm expendable in the right scenario. With injuries to Mize and Skubal, Manning is most likely their most valuable starter right now, supplying a 3.43 ERA in 12 starts in 2022 with an ERA+ of 111, and pitching particularly well down the stretch before being shut down due to fatigue in his forearm. All reports regarding Manning this offseason point to a full recovery, though, and he's expected to be ready for spring training.

For Manning, the target would be bullpen or offense. The team is likely set in the outfield; with Austin Meadows, Riley Greene, Matt Vierling, Kerry Carpenter, and Eric Haase able to carry the load sufficiently. On the infield, though, the club could still acquire a second baseman or a third baseman. This scenario would allow Maton to be the super utility infielder and give Malloy, Lipcius, and Kreidler some time in Toledo.

Manning is a former top-50 prospect and given his remaining control (four years) and what pitchers have been able to fetch on the open market, the Tigers can be stingy with their ask in trade. The Marlins have positioned themselves similarly and have made it known they are willing to trade their starting pitching, too, which may complicate the market slightly.

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