Detroit Tigers: 4 team needs that must be addressed this offseason

The Detroit Tigers must address these four needs this offseason
Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, left, talks about the team alongside president of baseball
Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, left, talks about the team alongside president of baseball / Kimberly P. Mitchell / USA TODAY NETWORK
3 of 4

3. Starting pitching

The Tigers need more quality arms, They can't rely on as many bullpen games as they had in 2023. They need more innings out of their starters.

I think you can pencil in Tarik Skubal and Reese Olson. If Olson get can start getting some whiffs on his fastball, look out. The rest is a major question mark.

We'd like to hope Casey Mize will be ready for the season, but his rehab has hit a few snags as of late. We still don't know if he'll be ready. Sawyer Gipson-Long looked great in his first few big league starts, but I think he's better suited as the first arm in Toledo to be called up in the event of an injury next season.

I am expecting Matt Manning to be traded for a bat. They need to move arms for bats, and since it doesn't sound like they're going to spend, they are going to have to get creative. With Manning's injuries and inconsistency, he seems like a prime candidate to be moved.

Not to sound like a broken record, but if Spencer Turnbull ever pitches for the Tigers again, I'll be shocked, no matter what the organization says.

And then we get to Eduardo Rodriguez. I've said before that the Tigers have to bring him back in order to right the wrongs of the trade deadline. After what Scott Harris said about E-rod and the contract negotiations yesterday, I do not expect that to happen. He said they haven't had any discussions yet. If that's the case, he's not coming back.

So the Tigers have a lot of work to do with the starting rotation. They may need to get up to three new starting pitchers. We could be looking at almost a whole new rotation. It'll be interesting to see how they go about it.