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3 Moves the Tigers Should Make Before the 2021 MLB Season Starts

Larry Rupp
The Detroit Tigers still need to make some moves if they want to improve next season.
The Detroit Tigers still need to make some moves if they want to improve next season. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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The Detroit Tigers have finished towards the bottom of the AL Central in each of the past few seasons. They now head into 2021 looking to improve on the 23-35 record they posted in the shortened 2020 MLB season. To do that, they may still need to make a few moves.

There isn't a surplus of hope surrounding the team right now, but it's possible the Tigers use their youth and high prospects to surprise some people next season. With that in mind, here are three moves the Tigers should make before the start of the 2021 MLB season.

1. Sign a Veteran Starting Pitcher

The Tigers should look to sign a veteran pitcher like Julio Teheran.
The Tigers should look to sign a veteran pitcher like Julio Teheran. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

While the Tigers pitching staff is currently led by veterans such as Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull, the rotation still remains very young. Projected starter Tarik Skubal is 24 while top pitching prospect Casey Mize is 23. In order to build depth on the roster, the Tigers should look into signing a veteran pitcher. Julio Teheran recently held a throwing session for teams and could be a player open to signing a short contract. Plus, Taijuan Walker is still a free agent and finished last season with a 4-3 record. Quality options are still out there and the Tigers should take advantage of that.

2. Re-Sign CJ Cron

CJ Cron was a bright spot on offense for the Tigers last season.
CJ Cron was a bright spot on offense for the Tigers last season. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Tigers offense was not impressive last season, but power hitter CJ Cron was a bright spot on the team as he hit 4 home runs and tallied 8 RBIs in 13 games before his season was cut short due to a knee injury. The sample size is small but a Tigers offense that averaged just 4.29 runs per game last season (T-10th lowest in the MLB) could use all the help they can get. Plus, Cron would not be an expensive signing as he is likely to take a short term deal to return. At the very least, Cron should be a non-roster invitee to training camp. Who knows, maybe he lights it up in spring training.

3. Give Matt Manning a Shot in Spring Training

Matt Manning deserves a shot to make the opening day roster as one of the team's top prospects.
Matt Manning deserves a shot to make the opening day roster as one of the team's top prospects. / Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

Detroit has some of the top pitching prospects in the MLB and that includes Matt Manning. Currently ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Tigers' organization, Manning deserves a shot to make the opening day roster for the team. He has yet to make his MLB debut but continues to post solid numbers in the minor leagues. He finished the 2019 season with an 11-5 record and a 2.56 ERA while pitching in AA. The 23-year-old right-hander has the potential to be a future ace for the team and allowing the fans to see what the young kid has in some spring training games could bring a lot of excitement.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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