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Detroit Tigers' most important players for future: Joe Jimenez at a crossroads

Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down five Detroit Tigers' position battles that could carry over to spring training next year. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

Because the Detroit Tigers are in the middle of a rebuild, the focus won't be so much on the 2020 season, but rather how the players will fit in the years to come. Here is our countdown of the most important players, both in the majors and minors, and how they figure into the plans:

No. 13 RHP Joe Jimenez

The skinny: Jimenez, 24, finally received a chance to serve as the Tigers’ closer last season.