After missing the playoffs for the eighth straight season, all eyes will be on the Detroit Tigers to see what they do this offseason. MLB's free agent period opens on Thursday, Nov. 10, and the Tigers must be serious players if they hope to take one step closer to being a postseason-worthy club.
Newly hired president Scott Harris will navigate free agency for Detroit this offseason. With names like Tucker Barnhart and Daniel Norris already hitting the open market, Harris must not only replace his departing players but also bring in fresh faces to upgrade areas that need help.
Here are three players that the Tigers need to sign when MLB free agency begins on Thursday.
Tigers Free Agency
1. Brandon Drury, 3B/2B/OF
Jeimer Candelario looked terrible for the Tigers last season, recording just 13 home runs and 50 RBIs with a .217/.272/.361 slash line in 124 games. If Detroit is open to upgrading at the hot corner, look no further than Brandon Drury. Drury split the 2022 campaign with the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres, finishing with personal bests in numerous categories, including home runs (28) and RBIs (87) while slashing a robust .263/.320/.492. Even if the Tigers still have faith in Candelario, Drury can play multiple positions and would add flexibility to the roster. All in all, Drury is exactly the type of player that can make Detroit more competitive.
2. Michael Wacha, SP
Injuries to starting pitchers plagued the Tigers throughout the 2022 campaign. Only two pitchers exceeded 17 starts and nobody topped 21, highlighting the need for a hurler like Michael Wacha. The crafty veteran has been known for his availability, making at least 23 starts in six of the last seven full-length seasons. Wacha was also one of the Boston Red Sox's few bright spots last season, going 11-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 23 starts. The former All-Star won't be a Cy Young candidate at this stage in his career, but he's the steady, reliable veteran that Detroit needs after injuries tore through last year's starting rotation.
3. Joc Pederson, OF
While Riley Greene has a bright future, the Tigers need more out of their outfield. The trio of Greene, Akil Baddoo and Victor Reyes combined for just 10 HRs with 85 RBIs and struggled to hit the ball. In other words, it's easy to see why Detroit should target someone like Joc Pederson. The 30-year-old is coming off his first All-Star campaign since 2015 after mashing 23 home runs with 70 RBIs and an .874 OPS. Pederson will likely see a lot of attention when the market opens given his proven track record as a slugger, but he's a difference-maker that can take a lot of pressure off of the Tigers' other outfielders.
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