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5 Players The Detroit Tigers Could Do Without In 2014

5 Players The Detroit Tigers Could Do Without In 2014

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The Detroit Tigers currently maintain a three-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central despite the fact that they have been going through a rather rough stretch. Issues that continue to plague the Tigers include their shaky bullpen and lack of production from the bottom of the lineup. So without further ado, here are five players the club could do without.

5. Austin Jackson

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5. Austin Jackson

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Although he has been swinging the bat a little better lately, Jackson has not had the breakout season everyone was hoping for after he hit over .400 in Spring Training. If Jackson gets into another funk, the Tigers should explore the possibility of moving Rajai Davis to center field full time and giving J.D. Martinez a chance to play left field on a regular basis.

4. Don Kelly

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4. Don Kelly

Don Kelly
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The Utility man is now in his sixth season with the Tigers. Although Kelly is one of only four left-handed hitters currently on the Tigers' roster and can play virtually anywhere on the field, it is getting to the point where the Tigers could do without the career .232 hitter. If J.D. Martinez can continue hitting for extra-base power, perhaps the Tigers should take Kelly off of the roster rather than him when Andy Dirks returns.

3. Andrew Romine

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3. Andrew Romine

Andrew Romine
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Romine has made some fancy plays at shortstop in his first year with the Tigers, but fans have begun to sour on him lately. His batting average remains a lowly .205 and, believe it or not, he has also made seven errors in the field already. It now seems that Romine will be losing a good chunk of playing time to Eugenio Suarez. Perhaps the Tigers should have gone with Suarez all along and made Steve Lombardozzi the backup.

2. Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan
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2. Joe Nathan

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The Tigers signed Nathan to a two-year contract last December, but it is a shame that Nathan has not been able to pitch nearly as well for the Tigers as he did against them. The Tigers have Joba Chamberlain who can close, and although he blew a save opportunity against the Boston Red Sox last night by giving up a home run to David Ortiz, Ortiz has always been a clutch hitter and has touched up a lot of pitchers late in games.

1. Phil Coke

Phil Coke
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1. Phil Coke

Phil Coke
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The Tigers have stood by Coke throughout his struggles, which is likely due to the fact that there is not a surplus of quality left-handed relievers in MLB -- especially of one's who can throw 94-95 mph as Coke can. Although Coke was terrific for once in last night's game, he has still had far more bad outings than good outings and he remains a liability on this team.