OFFICIAL: Tigers cut ties with problem reliever

Jul 26, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon (43) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that surprises no one, the Detroit Tigers have officially non-tendered reliever Bruce RondonAnd all Tigers fans collectively cheer. Rondon can now test the free agent market and sign with any club that wants him.

Rondon has been a bit of a problem child for the Tigers of the last few years. After being dismissed from the team in 2015 during the season, he wasn’t even guaranteed a spot on the team in 2016, and was demoted from the Major League roster this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A.

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In 123 appearances with the Tigers, Rondon complied an 8-7 record, 5.00 ERA, 133 strikeouts, and 55 walks. All of this from a guy touted for his fastball and seemingly supposed to be the closer or set up man of the future. So much potential never realized.

The Tigers now have two available roster spots on their 40-man roster.


BONUS CONTENT:

Section 313, Seat No. 17 – Part 3: 7 Rule 5 Draft targets for the Detroit Tigers

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been putting together a “perfect” blueprint for the Detroit Tigers offseason. An offseason that, let’s face it, will not be making headlines. So far we’ve discussed some cuts the Tigers need to make (Part One) and last week we discussed some trade opportunities the Tigers should pursue (Part Two).

Today, we’ll be looking at the upcoming (December 14th) Rule 5 Draft and seven targets the Tigers, and general manager Al Avila, could go after. First, however, let’s look at the Rule 5 Draft and how these players become eligible and then dive into why they would make the most sense for the Tigers.

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