Detroit Tigers: Final Opening Day roster may not be set for a few days
We'll have to wait a bit longer to see the Detroit Tigers Opening Day roster
The Detroit Tigers wrap up Grapefruit League play today. After today, they'll stay in Florida since they open up the regular season in St. Petersburg to take on the Tampa Bay Ray. However, we won't know exactly which players the Detroit Tigers are taking with them to Tropicana Field until later this week.
A.J. Hinch said earlier today that the Detroit Tigers are going to take as long as possible to finalize their Opening Day roster. They want to take the best team possible with them to St. Pete.
On one hand, I understand the logic. The Tigers don't have to travel north (or really anywhere, rather) for Opening Day, so they don't really have to rush to a decision with some of these players. But on the other hand...other teams have already revealed who's making their respective Opening Day rosters. For example, we found out last night that former Tiger Harold Castro will make the Opening Day roster for the Colorado Rockies. The Tigers still have roughly 10 cuts to make.
Michael Lorenzen and Tyler Nevin are starting the year on the IL, so there's two players we know for sure won't make it. We also know Joey Wentz will take Lorenzen's spot for now. We still don't know who will the utility infielder, nor do we know who the fourth outfielder will be. We also still don't know who will fill out the bullpen. The Tigers are being very tight-lipped about this and it's inclear why.
One major factor to this is that the roster as a whole may not be complete. We know Scott Harris loves to work the waiver wire, so he might look to see who others team cut and see if there would be any good fits for the Tigers. That would make sense.
So it looks like we'll just have to wait a little bit longer to see how this roster shakes out. Harris could be busy these next few days, so hopefully there will be no shortage of news to talk about.