The Detroit Tigers are in a tough place after trading away Stars last year. They are going to make a change from the way the team has operated in the past. Tiger fans already know that the team is entering a rebuild, but some fans may not know truly how long it will take. The team started phase one of that rebuild by trading away Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, and Justin Wilson last season, and now moving Ian Kinsler to the Angels.
A rebuild can take many years like the Astros or it can be a quick turn around like the Yankees. So, where do the Tigers sit in the rebuild time table? They are in between the two. It won’t be a one year turn around but it won’t be a 10 year rebuild.
Outlook of AL Central
With what the Tigers did last season and with the plan they have for this off season it will be a 3 to 5-year process. The Indians are in their window which is until 2021 when most of their team including Corey Kluber, Francisco Lindor, and Jose Ramirez are up for new contracts.
Kansas City is facing a tough time right now with their big-name players such as Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Lorenzo Cain are all free agents. They will also be starting a rebuild this year and they tried to go all in the last 5 years and mortgaged their future.
The Twins are interesting as they are young and old They are looking to move some pieces this off season, like Brian Dozier with him entering his free agent year. They will be a threat to the Tigers the next few years.
Chicago is also in a rebuild mode as they completely over hauled their roster last season. That will help them in about the same time the Tigers will be back.
What about the Tigers?
Now, for the Tigers, they have a bunch of young players who are either up in the Majors now or will be this season. That will help jump start the team. Pitching won’t be a problem. They already have Micheal Fulmer, Matt Boyd, and Daniel Norris on the major league roster. Their top prospects in the system are pitchers as well such as Franklin Perez who was the center piece in the Justin Verlander, and Matt Manning, who was drafted in 2016. The team also has young hitters to go with Miguel Cabrera in the Middle of the order. Nick Castellanos, and Jeimer Candelario who was the main piece in the trade that sent Justin Wilson to the Cubs. Most of the top 15 prospects are projected to arrive between 2018 and 2020.
How else to move the rebuild along
The rebuild can be accelerated in a few ways. So, what ways am I talking? They won’t be popular, but they need to happen.
First, is to trade Ian Kinsler. Check to that as the Tiger have traded him to the Angels.
Secondly, release or force Victor Martinez into retirement. After his health scare last season and not being the player he was in when the club first signed him. He also caused a rift in the club house last season, and it boiled over in the game where benches cleared against the Yankees. It is time for him to step aside for the third option and the least popular of the three.
Third, hope Miguel Cabrera rebounds to his normal self. The only way that can happen is by making him a DH full time. Now for the part that won’t be popular after he bounces back, trade him at the deadline. Yes, you will have to eat part of his salary, but he can also fetch you a lot on the trade market depending on how much money you eat.
Is that last point a bit far fetched? A little bit but it’s worth saying now so there isn’t a big shock when it could happen. However, if you want Miguel Cabrera to be himself, you do need to get rid of Victor Martinez, and open the DH for Cabrera.
How long for this rebuild?
So, in all reality expect 2018and 2019 to be rebuild years. Which makes 2020 for the Tigers to be back as competitors in the AL central and the Wild Card.
So how long should the rebuild take? I say 3 Years.
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