Jun. 28, 2016
Potential Relief Pitcher Acquisitions for Detroit Tigers
The Tigers currently find themselves in third place in the American League Central with a record of 36-35 just 4.5 games back of the first place Cleveland Indians and in need of some bullpen help if they want to
While closer Francisco Rodriguez, starter turned reliever Shane Greene, Justin Wilson and recent call up Bruce Rondon have all been solid out of the pen, while Drew VerHagen, Bobby Parnell, Blaine Hardy and most notably Mark Lowe have struggled immensely in their roles. General Manager Al Avila and the Detroit Tigers should look to add an arm before the trade deadline, preferably a seventh or eighth inning type of arm. The only issue is, despite an improved farm system, the Tigers still do not have much to offer prospect wise, but there are still enough pieces that Detroit could strike a deal for a reliever. Here are a few
Fernando Rodney –
Kevin Jepsen – Minnesota Twins: Jepsen has struggled this season out of the Minnesota Twins bullpen. According to fangraphs.com Jepsen has posted a 5.46 ERA which is likely closely related to the .356 BABIP thus far in 2016. However, Jepsen does have seven saves on the season and has a solid track record, boasting a career 3.76 ERA. Outside of the career ERA, Jepsen threw 134.2 innings combined 2014 and 2015 recording 134 strikeouts. It is possible that Jepsen simply needs a change of scenery and Detroit could be the perfect landing spot for the struggling reliever. Detroit could offer up utility man Mike Aviles as a way to offset the remainder of Jepsen’s 1-year $5.31 million contract, or if they’re willing to take on the additional salary a mid-level prospect could likely land Jepsen in Detroit. If he were to end up with the Old English D on his chest Jepsen would likely be the seventh inning man for manager Brad Ausmus.
Fernando Rodriguez – Oakland Athletics: Fernando Rodriguez is having a solid season for a struggling Oakland Athletics ball club. In 28 appearances Rodriguez has recorded 33 strikeouts to pair with an impressive 3.34 ERA, however, he has also walked 12 batters which is a bit higher than most would like. Over his past 15 games Rodriguez has struggled posting a 6.19 ERA, but would still be a nice addition to the Tigers bullpen. Detroit could part ways with a low-to-mid-level prospect to acquire the reliever to help the Athletics continue with their moneyball philosophy. Rodriguez would likely slot in as a sixth or seventh inning man for Detroit.