3 players for Detroit Tigers to target this offseason

Sep 12, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians catcher Austin Hedges (17) stands on the field during a delay in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians catcher Austin Hedges (17) stands on the field during a delay in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dylan Bundy

The Detroit Tigers’ injury woes were most evident in their starting rotation as 17 different pitchers made at least one start. Of those 17, Tarik Skubal (21) was the only pitcher to make more than 20 starts. Journeyman Drew Hutchingson’s 18 starts were the second most on the roster.

Those injury woes are going to continue into 2023. Skubal and Casey Mize are not likely to be ready for the start of 2023. Matt Manning missed time with shoulder issues and left his last outing with a forearm strain, leaving his start to 2023 in question. If nothing else, the Tigers are going to need a depth option for the back of their rotation.

While Dylan Bundy may not be the type of pitcher that excites anyone, he could be that piece. His greatest attribute is that he typically takes the ball every fifth day, providing five or six innings per appearances. With the Tigers having so many questions in their rotation, that type of arm will have value.

Bundy is also likely to be relatively inexpensive. He struggled to a 4.89 ERA and a 1.279 WHiP over his 140 innings, striking out 94 batters with 28 walks. While that type of performance is not going to put the Tigers over the top, it would help to fill out their rotation while potentially giving them a trade chip if Bundy can recapture his 2020 form.

The Detroit Tigers need to find an option to fill out the rotation until their injured starters return. Dylan Bundy is the type of pitcher that would make sense.