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Will Tigers reduce pitching staff next season?

September 9, 2013 - Burt Angeli
The pitching-rich Detroit Tigers may have to make a move in the off-season.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted some teams need to make room for younger players. In the Tigers' case, it would be cutting payroll.

“The Tigers would love to see Drew Smyly make their rotation,” Cafardo wrote. “Smyly has had an excellent season in the bullpen, but general manager Dave Dombrowski believes Smyly’s future is as a starter. And the Tigers do not have a lefthander in the rotation.

“But how do you make that happen with a staff that includes Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, and Rick Porcello? It means someone will get moved.

“Last offseason, there was talk of the Tigers trading Porcello, but Dombrowski wisely hung on to him, and Porcello came back from a shaky 2012 with a decent 2013. Porcello is only 24.

“The Tigers need less-expensive players because their payroll is getting so high, though Fister made only $4 million this season and is first-year arbitration eligible. Yet he would be a candidate to go in a trade.”



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