4. Reese Olson - RHP
The bright spot of the Detroit Tigers rotation might be in the backend. Sure, Skubal and Mize are fun, and Maeda has intrigue in his own regard, but Reese Olson is the new kid on the block, and there's plenty to like about what he brings to the table.
For the Tigers, Olson has a chance to really emerge as a big-league starter in 2023. Olson could very much double down on a good performance in 2023. He made 18 starts with three relief appearances. Olson logged 103.2 innings pitched, managing a 3.99 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He walked 33 opposing hitters to 103 strikeouts.
When it comes to the Tigers rotation, they're going to have some space in the backend, which is why I slotted Olson in as the no. 4. If all goes well, Olson can come out and back up his 2023 performance, carving out a role with the rotation moving forward.
5. Matt Manning - RHP
The last arm slotted into the rotation is Matt Manning. The Detroit Tigers' weak spot is the back end of things. Manning has yet to get his foot in the door as a starter. He takes his spot in the back end, but fatigue and struggles have never allowed him to make more than 18 starts, and that was in 2021 when he made his debut.
In 2023, Manning was only able to make 15 starts for the Tigers organization. He logged just 78.0 innings pitched, managing a 3.58 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He had 21 walks to 50 punchouts for Detroit, but there's some yearning for more.
Detroit needs to see more from Manning for him to be reliable in the long term. However, Manning has yet to make that happen. In 2023, Manning has a chance to get things on track, get through an entire season, and log more innings.
Beyond that, if the Tigers do make another move, it would likely be something to bolster the backend of the rotation. Detroit could also just consider bringing in another starter to bolster things and stockpile some depth.