There are several players on the Detroit Tigers roster that won't be here by season's end
The Detroit Tigers are currently in the midst of a roster overhaul. Scott Harris has already gotten rid of a ton of names that we've been accostumed to hearing, including Jeimer Candelario, Victor Reyes, and the Castros. That being said, there are still a ton of names that are still here.
In fact, it's a bit of a surprise that some players are still here. Harris may have blown this roster to bits, but those bits are still here. He also added a few pieces this offseason that likely won't be here very long either. The Tigers are likely to be sellers at trade deadline once again this season, which is likely how a lot of these players will leave.
The Detroit Tigers are trying to feel out what remains of the Avila regime. Soon, this roster will see even more turnover. Here are four players that will be gone by the end of the 2023 season.
SP Eduardo Rodriguez
Perhaps the most surprising player that's still here is E-rod, who has an opt-out in his contract following the 2023 season. Starting pitchers were getting paid this offseason, and E-rod may look to capitalize with a good season and try to get paid himself.
The Detroit Tigers could have looked to capiltalize as well. They could have taken advanatge of the value of starting pitchers and got a young, controllable bat in return for him this offseason. But they didn't do that...at least not yet.
They can still do that, and I'd be shocked if they didn't. If he pitches well, he's almost certainly gone at the trade deadline. The Tigers probably won't be in contention at that point, and starting pitchers always have value at the deadline.
There's a chance the reason the Tigers didn't trade him this offseason is because there weren't a lot of takers because of what happened last year. He didn't pitch for three months because of personal reasons, and there's a chance teams weren't willing to take the risk. They want to see him pitch half a season before attempting to trade for him.
If he stays healthy and nothing weird happens, Eduardo Rodriguez will likely be traded. It would be pretty shocking if he's still a Detroit Tiger in August.