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Five moves to fix the Tigers in 2016

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The 2015 campaign for the Detroit Tigers has been a disappointment in a lot of areas. A team that has annual expectations of making a deep run in the postseason is now facing a last place finish in the American League Central.

The pitching staff has been the Achilles’ heel for the Tigers this season, boasting among the league’s worst in team ERA (4.70 – 28th in MLB), WHIP (1.38 – 27th), and opponent batting average (.270 – 28th). New Tigers General Manager Al Avila has emphasized numerous times since being named to his position that pitching will be at the top of the “wish list” for the Tigers this upcoming offseason, both starters and bullpen help. The team also has a question mark in left field that can be answered in free agency or in house.

The team is already financially strained enough as it is going into next season. The team has nearly $105 million locked up in just five players, and also have some key contributors facing another stage of arbitration. So, the Tigers could have between eight and ten players under contract for roughly $130 million or so. The team also has numerous young and important players still under ‘team control‘ and making six figures that hurt the cap very little, but eventually add up.

Al Avila has a lot on his plate moving forward. The consensus seems to be the Tigers will re-load, addressing the biggest needs via free agency and putting themselves right back into division and postseason contention for 2016, at least on paper. As they always say though, “that’s why you play the games.” There of course has been the idea thrown out there of the Tigers blowing up the whole foundation and starting an entirely new multi-year re-building project, which has produced mixed feelings.

I’m here to play the role of GM for the Tigers and fix the team with five moves, because who doesn’t like to imagine themselves as the man in charge of their favorite team? Anyone who says otherwise, sorry, but you’re lying.

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