3 Moves the Tigers Need to Make Before the 2022 MLB Season Starts

Larry Rupp
Three moves the Detroit Tigers need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts.
Three moves the Detroit Tigers need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts. / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK

It's been a grueling last seven seasons for Detroit Tigers fans, but the team started to show some real potential during the 2021 season. A roster full of young talent finished just eight games under .500 and has already seen big names like Javier Baez and Eduardo Rodriguez added to the mix so far.

There's reason to believe that the Tigers aren't done just yet, though. The AL Central division is wide open and Detroit's front office should be doing anything possible to keep improving. With that being said, here are three moves the Tigers should make before the season gets underway in April.

Tigers Offseason Moves

1. Trade for Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics

Talk about a fire sale. The Oakland Athletics have already dealt franchise stars like Matt Olson and Chris Bassitt away despite making the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. Rumors continue to swirl about who will be next and the Tigers would be smart to inquire about starting pitcher Sean Manaea. The 30-year-old left-hander led the league with two complete game shutouts last season and has posted an ERA under 4.00 in four of his six MLB seasons. Manaea proved his longevity by starting an AL-best 32 games in 2021, which should intrigue Detroit more than enough to make an offer.

2. Sign a Trusted Bullpen Arm

While the Tigers saw improvements across the roster last season, nearly none of them came from the bullpen unit. Detroit posted the ninth-worst bullpen ERA mark in the league to go along with a 1.45 WHIP (No. 28 in MLB). The team was smart enough to sign veteran Andrew Chafin to a deal on Wednesday. However, that should only be the first of a couple moves to upgrade the relieving core. Names that stick out on the free agent market in this situation include Ryan Tepera, Mychal Givens and Bryan Shaw. Simply finding another reliable late inning arm should be a top priority right now.

3. Bring in Colin Moran to Backup 1B

Tigers fans have to be excited about the expected promotion of top prospect Spencer Torkelson. The powerful first baseman should get an opportunity to earn an everyday role with the team, but it would be smart to have a backup option in case things don't pan out right away. Miguel Cabrera is best used as a designated hitter at this point in his career, which leaves Detroit shallow at the position. Colin Moran would be a perfect free agent target given he has smacked double-digit home runs in each of his last four campaigns and owns a career slash line of .267/.329/.418.

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