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3 Free Agents the Tigers Need to Target This Offseason

Larry Rupp
Three free agents the Detroit Tigers need to target this offseason.
Three free agents the Detroit Tigers need to target this offseason. / AP Photos/Jose Juarez

The Detroit Tigers have missed the playoffs in eight straight seasons and continue to work through a lengthy rebuilding process. Some of the club's top prospects have finally reached the majors, providing hope for 2023 and beyond. Now is the right time to capitalize on that hope.

The upcoming free agent class is rife with young superstars, proven veterans and underrated contributors. Detroit's front office would be smart to add experience to one of the youngest rosters in baseball. Here's a look at three free agents the Tigers should target this winter.

Detroit Tigers Free Agency

1. Jose Abreu, DH/1B

Detroit has to find a way to ease veteran Miguel Cabrera out of the everyday starting lineup. His production has been steadily declining for years, making him a black hole in the middle of the order. Swinging big by signing Jose Abreu away from a division rival would prove the Tigers aren't messing around. Abreu owns a career slash line of .292/.354/.506 and has surpassed 100 RBIs six times in nine seasons. Yes, Abreu is 35 years old, but that means his market value won't be as high as it should be for such an elite hitter. Detroit desperately needs power, and Abreu would fit the bill.

2. Johnny Cueto, SP

Talk about a starting rotation mess. One Tigers pitcher after another went down with injuries in 2022, including the likes of Eduardo Rodriguez, Casey Mize and Matt Manning. Detroit didn't have nearly enough depth to fill in the gaps. Adding a veteran pitcher capable of eating innings is a must during the offseason and Johnny Cueto lines up as the perfect option. Cueto joined the Chicago White Sox midway through the summer and finished the year with a 3.35 ERA across 24 starts (158 1/3 innings). He averaged over 6 innings per start thanks to his ability to pound the strike zone and pitch to contact. Giving him the chance to pitch every fifth day would keep Detroit's younger pitchers fresh.

3. Corey Dickerson, OF

While Riley Greene lived up to the hype as a stellar outfielder this past season, the rest of the outfield remained shaky. Akil Baddoo had to be sent down to Triple-A following his early struggles and Victor Reyes posted an on-base percentage under .300 for the second straight season. Robbie Grossman was the elder statesman of the group prior to his departure at the trade deadline, so signing Corey Dickerson to fill that void would fly under the radar as a great pickup. Dickerson is a career .281 hitter and has tallied 134 home runs across 10 MLB seasons. Being able to hit for both contact and power is a rare combination in today's game.

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