Detroit Tigers continue trimming roster ahead of Opening Day
By Tyler Kotila
Detroit Tigers continue to trim roster.
The Detroit Tigers have had a busy spring and continue trimming their roster and making the final preparations before Opening Day. They have made yet another round of roster cuts to continue to slim down their stable of players at big league training camp.
While the Detroit Tigers did make some changes with a minor trade on Monday, they also announced some roster cuts and moves to continue preparing for the 2023 season. Here's the string of tweets from the Tigers PR account that details the team's moves.
For the Detroit Tigers, it's been a slow & steady wins the race type of operation. They have taken their time with roster decisions and continued to inch toward the start of the season before 100% finalizing their roster and getting ready to kick things off against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The latest updates have sent two players to the minors. Zack Short, who should have been DFA'd a while ago, and Akil Baddoo was fighting for a chance in the outfield this Spring. Ultimately, he lost out on the spot, and Kerry Carpenter will get some looks in left field to get his bat in the lineup. Also, do not count out Eric Haase in the outfield as part of his versatility.
Besides the two big moves of Baddoo & Short being optioned to Toledo, the Tigers also assigned a slew of players to minor league camp. The most notable are Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Wisler, and Cesár Hernández.
Rosenthal is not super shocking, but he did get a chance to throw for the Tigers as he continues to work toward big league participation and continues ramping up to 100%. He hopes to join the team's rotation after the 2023 season begins and be a nice added bonus.
Hernández was a solid addition on his MiLB contract and was brought to Spring Training to compete for a roster spot. The left-handed hitting infielder is a big league veteran, and it was a bit puzzling that he did not make the roster as the team opted to make the trade for McKinstry instead. But Hernández will head to Toledo and provide some solid depth at the Triple-A level to call upon as needed.
Wisler was an intriguing pitcher brought in this offseason. He was competing for a chance to pitch out of the Tigers' bullpen but ultimately fell short of the Tigers' expectations. He'll head to Toledo and look to pitch his way into Detroit's bullpen at some point in 2023.
It will be interesting to see how things shake out as the Tigers get underway, but this is just the latest news as the team continues to press on toward the start of the new campaign.