Today the Detroit Tigers announced eight additions to their 40-man roster, before the Rule 5 Draft. After the announcement today the Tigers 40-man roster sits at 39, giving them the opportunity, without having to make subsequent moves, of signing one free agent this offseason. However, most likely that last spot will be used on their of Rule 5 draft pick.
Added to the 40-man were minor leaguers Mike Gerber (OF), Grayson Greiner (C), Gerson Moreno (RHP), Spencer Turnbull (RHP), Eduardo Jimenez (RHP), Gregory Soto (LHP), and Sergio Alacantara (SS). Also, the Tigers signed LHP Ryan Carpenter, who spent the last four years in the Colorado organization.
No doubt the decision of who to protect on the 40-man was a tough decision for GM Al Avila. Most notably left off the 40-man roster are names like Dominic Ficociello (1B), Kody Eaves (INF), Adam Ravenelle (RHP), and Paul Voelker (RHP).
With one spot left the Tigers can use that for their own Rule 5 pick and house that player for a year on the 40-man or they can sign a free agent–though this doesn't seem to be the route the will go.
REPORT: Tigers’ Ian Kinsler drawing trade interest from multiple clubs
Let the Major League Baseball “Hot Stove” season commence! Now there is not a ton of activity going on at this point in time but after the GM Meetings last week and the annual Winter Meetings coming up, expect the traffic to be clustered real quickly.
For the Detroit Tigers, don’t expect them to be a huge factor in terms of acquiring players. However, they do have some personnel that could be viewed as valuable to other clubs, and team general manager Al Avila knows that.
Section 313, Seat No. 17- Detroit Tigers Offseason Blueprint: Part 2
Here we are again projecting the offseason for the Detroit Tigers. What we have been looking at is our view of the route we see the Tigers going, and the one that makes the most sense moving forward.