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3 Moves the Tigers Should Make Before the MLB Season Starts

Tristan Jung
Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull could play a big role for the team in 2020.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull could play a big role for the team in 2020. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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The Detroit Tigers are not projected to win many games in 2020. After a dismal 2019 in which they lost 114 games, the Tigers will be hoping that 2019 will be rock bottom. They have some good prospects in the minors and will be picking at the top of the 2020 MLB Draft.

As for the major league team, there's not much enthusiasm surrounding this team or this roster. However, the Tigers can still make some moves before the season starts to set up a better season in 2020 and an improved future for 2021 and beyond.

1. Explore trade options for Matthew Boyd

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd had a 4.56 ERA over 185.1 innings last year.
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd had a 4.56 ERA over 185.1 innings last year. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

The 29-year-old lefty is under contract until 2023, but there's little sense to the Tigers paying him in arbitration for a team that's losing 100 games a season. Matthew Boyd was an interesting trade candidate at last year's deadline, but a 5.51 ERA in the second half has cooled interest. Still, there are many teams that will be in need of a lefty innings-eater that averages an elite 11.56 strikeouts per nine. The Tigers are desperately in need of young talent, and Boyd is one of their few major league players that can fetch a quality prospect. The Twins, Angels, Athletics, and Cardinals could all be feasible destinations.

2. Add a few veterans on short deals

Former Mariner Domingo Santana is still unsigned and could provide some stability in the outfield.
Former Mariner Domingo Santana is still unsigned and could provide some stability in the outfield. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Tigers have already started this process by signing C.J. Cron, Austin Romine, and Jonathan Schoop, but they should continue to scour the market for options. For one, there's no downside in bringing in a veteran on a one-year deal; if it works out, the Tigers can trade them for legitimate assets at the deadline, and if it doesn't, it'll be just another line on their Baseball-Reference page with no long-term cost. Secondly, the Tigers had one of the worst offenses in baseball last season and could use some help to make them somewhat respectable. Domingo Santana, Ben Zobrist, and Scooter Gennett are all still available. Why not try out some pitchers too? Shawn Kelley, Danny Salazar, and Matt Harvey could all serve as potential reclamation projects.

3. Bring Casey Mize and Matt Manning to Spring Training

Casey Mize pitched during Spring Training 2019 and is the Tigers' top pitching prospect.
Casey Mize pitched during Spring Training 2019 and is the Tigers' top pitching prospect. / Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

Long-suffering Tigers fans are looking forward to watching Casey Mize and Matt Manning, the team's two best prospects. Both are right-handed, 22-year-old, and have been nasty in the minor leagues. In AA last year, Manning had a 2.56 ERA and Mize had a 3.20 ERA. In addition to drawing some fans to Spring Training, it'll be good for baseball to see how good Mize and Manning could be. Both pitchers will definitely start 2020 in the minor leagues, but Mize could be up in the majors some time 2020. Having a glimpse of the future will go a long way in restoring faith for the organization.


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