Those three players combined to play 123 games and were worth minus-1.1 fWAR for the Tigers in the big leagues. The last remaining member of the Martinez trade has departed from the Tigers’ organization: King became a minor-league free agent Thursday with 24 other players.
King, an infielder who turns 24 in January, spent nearly the entire 2022 season with High-A West Michigan. He batted .244 with a .279 on-base percentage and four home runs in 59 games.
Here’s the full list of minors free agents: right-handed pitchers Bryan Garcia, Zac Houston, Elvin Rodríguez, Bubba Derby, Gerson Moreno, Markus Solbach, Cody Sedlock, J.T. Hintzen, Luis Castillo, Shea Spitzbarth, Nick Vincent, Nolan Blackwood, Joe Navilhon, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Tim Holdgrafer; left-handed pitchers Sam Howard and Luis Camilo; catchers Fraudy Rodriguez, Michael De La Cruz and Chris Rabago; infielders King, Josh Lester, Jermaine Palacios Palacios and Jamie Westbrook; and outfielder Victor Reyes.
Aside from Reyes, the most notable minor-league free agent is Garcia. He pitched 76 games for the Tigers over parts of four seasons, serving as the closer in the 2020 season. The 27-year-old logged a 7.55 ERA in 2021 and seemed unlikely to return to the big leagues with the Tigers.
In 2022, however, the Tigers needed a starting pitcher at the end of the season due to several injuries to members of the rotation. Garcia, who reinvented himself as a starter in the middle of the season, stepped up and started four games, with a 3.54 ERA, 10 walks and 17 strikeouts in 20⅓ innings.
Rodríguez pitched seven games (five starts) for the Tigers last season, posting a 10.62 ERA with 15 walks and 25 strikeouts in 29⅔ innings. The 24-year-old had a 4.98 ERA with 36 walks and 91 strikeouts in 99⅓ innings for Triple-A Toledo.