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Tigers Steal Important Front Office Piece from Rays

Tyler Maher
The Detroit Tigers bolstered their front office with a former leader of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Detroit Tigers bolstered their front office with a former leader of the Tampa Bay Rays. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Detroit Tigers have been busy since hiring Scott Harris as their new president of baseball operations in September. In addition to overhauling their coaching staff, they're also beefing up their front office.

It was announced on Tuesday that Detroit had hired Rob Metzler to be its new vice president and assistant general manager.

Metzler joins the Tigers after spending 15 years with the Tampa Bay Rays, most recently serving as their senior director of amateur scouting. Those 15 years spanned a remarkable run for the Rays, producing eight postseason appearances (including two AL pennants) despite the team's consistently low payroll and mediocre attendance.

Harris is hoping Metzler can bring some of that success to Detroit, which hasn't made the playoffs since 2014. Tampa Bay's front office is known for having some of the brightest executives in baseball, so hopefully Metzler can help turn things around for the Tigers sooner rather than later.

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