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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SP - Julio Teheran

The last rotation spot is surprisingly tricky, but Julio Teheran gets the nod here. Teheran only pitched one game for Detroit back in 2021, but he managed to battle his way back to the majors this season and has posted a reasonable, if unexciting, 4.40 ERA in 14 appearances with the Brewers in 2023. As a number #3, this roster could do worse.

RP - Joe Jimenez

Joe Jimenez is the first reliever to get added here and he has turned out to be a pretty good one with the Braves. Jimenez always missed bats in his time with the Tigers from 2017-2022, but he has turned into a reliable late inning workhorse in Atlanta with a 3.07 ERA in 58 appearances this season.

RP - Drew VerHagen 

Next up for the bullpen is Drew VerHagen who was a Tiger from 2014-2019. After leaving Detroit, VerHagen pitched in Japan for a couple years before the Cardinals signed him to a two year deal and he returned to the states. After being hurt last year, VerHagen posted a respectable 3.90 ERA in 2023 and is a good option against lefties or righties.

RP - John Schreiber

Finally, we come to John Schreiber who played in Detroit during the 2019 and 2020 seasons and did not play well at all. However, his time with the Red Sox has been notably better as he put up a 2.22 ERA in 2022 and while his numbers this season haven't been as good, he has remained very good against opposing right-handed hitters.

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