The Detroit Tigers' playoff drought extended to eight years when they finished the 2022 MLB season with a lowly 66-96 record. It was the fourth time in the last five full-length seasons that the Tigers finished with fewer than 70 wins, indicating that things need to change sooner than later.
While fans hope for better results in the 2023 campaign, there's still a lot of work to do. Freshly hired Tigers president Scott Harris has to decide who stays and who goes this offseason. Even if he wants to bring certain players back, there's no guarantee that they'll come back after how bad Detroit has been in recent years.
Here's a look at three Tigers players who won't be return for the 2023 MLB season.
Tigers Roster Rumors
1. Jonathan Schoop, IF
Jonathan Schoop was consistent for the Tigers in 2020 and 2021, batting .278 in both seasons. Unfortunately, the veteran infielder was anything but consistent this season, tallying only 11 home runs and 38 RBIs while slashing .202/.239/.322 in 131 games. Schoop is slated to become a free agent, but he also has a $7.5 million player option that he might pick up considering another team likely won't want to pay him that much after last season. Nevertheless, there's no guarantee that the Tigers will want to keep him. $7.5 million is a lot for a player who just had the worst season of his career and that money can be better spent elsewhere. If Schoop does opt into his option, it wouldn't be surprising if Detroit looks for a trade partner.
2. Tucker Barnhart, C
After having one of the better seasons of his career in 2021, Tucker Barnhart left a lot to be desired in 2022. After recording seven HRs and 46 RBIs while batting .247 across 116 contests a year ago, the 31-year-old only hit one round-tripper with 16 RBIs and a .221 BA in 94 games. While Barnhart's .996 fielding percentage was solid, it was his worst mark since 2018, and his three errors were the most since 2016. With the Indianapolis, IN native having only played in two postseason games over his nine-year career, it also makes sense for him to try his luck with a club that can actually compete. A fresh start certainly makes sense for both sides here.
3. Drew Hutchinson, SP/RP
Drew Hutchinson had his fair share of struggles on the mound this season. Appearing in 28 games (13 starts), the former 2009 15th-rounder only went 3-9 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.481 WHIP. Hutchinson has one year remaining of arbitration on his contract and while team control is a good thing for the Tigers, there aren't many reasons to bring him back. By now, Hutchinson is who he is and he doesn't have much of a ceiling outside being a bottom-of-the-rotation arm. Detroit can easily find another veteran replacement on the open market if that's what they want because everyone has likely already seen the best that the 32-year-old has to offer.
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