5 Detroit Tigers players that may have lost their roster spot this offseason

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Tyler Nevin

Farmhand Tyler Nevin has been a minor league fixture since 2015, first for the Orioles and then for the Tigers after he was traded to Detroit for cash ahead of the 2023 season. Since reaching Triple-A in 2021, he's gotten a few major league at-bats every year but has never quite managed to break out. Most of his appearances this year came at the end of the season, when the Tigers brought him up to provide third base support and a roster spot opened up when Riley Greene went down with an elbow injury. Nevin hit a disappointing .200/.306/.316 with two home runs and only 10 RBI.

Although the Tigers don't seem interested in finding an everyday third baseman this year, Matt Vierling seems the most likely candidate to occupy the spot most often while No. 2 prospect Colt Keith gets a few more reps in in Triple-A and can move slowly into the major leagues. Nevin also DH'ed a few times, but Kerry Carpenter seems to have that spot locked down for the Tigers next year if he can stay healthy.

Nevin bounced around a little bit more, to first base and left and right field, but it seems unlikely that the Tigers will keep him on the major league roster if third base and DH are more or less covered. We can probably expect to see him back in Detroit for 40-50 games in 2024, but it's unlikely that he'll either make the Opening Day roster or even be on the 40-man by then.