Can you build a playoff team out of former Detroit Tigers players?

While the Detroit Tigers are far from a playoff team this year, you can get surprisingly close to building a contender using just former Tigers players.
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2B - Isaac Paredes

Thankfully, Isaac Paredes is a very versatile defender which made getting the infield here much easier to get sorted out. Paredes was traded by the Tigers in the ill-fated move to acquire Austin Meadows and Isaac has certainly done his best to make Detroit regret parting with him. In 141 games with Tampa this season, he has put up 4.1 rWAR and hit 31 homers on a Rays team that looks very dangerous heading into the postseason.

SS - Willi Castro

Outside of the 2020 season, Willi Castro's time with the Tigers was fairly pedestrian from 2019-2022. However, he has blossomed a bit in Minnesota where he has slashed .256/.335/.413 with strong defensive numbers. His inclusion gives this roster another versatile defender and makes our up the middle defense quite good.

3B - Eugenio Suarez

After the Tigers' traded Eugenio Suarez to the Reds for guy that ended up being accused of multiple felonies, he would go on to have a very successful run with Cincinnati where averaged an .811 OPS and 27 homers a season. He isn't anywhere near what he once was, but he has put up 2.0 rWAR and 21 homers for Seattle this season.

RF - Nick Castellanos

From 2013 to 2018, it felt like Nick Castellanos was just one step away from becoming an offensive star with Detroit. He was still very good, but his defensive limitations were problematic. He has since gone on to have stints with a few different clubs and has hit 29 home runs and made the All-Star Game for the Phillies this season.

CF - Jose Azocar 

Center field is not a strength of this roster as there just are not many former Tigers that play the position that are still active. Jose Azocar gets the nod here as a warm body that can actually play the position, although there is a strong likelihood that he is batting ninth in his lineup.