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Free Agency Rumors Link Tigers to All-Star Catcher

Adam Taylor McKillop
The latest MLB free agency rumors link the Detroit Tigers to an All-Star catcher.
The latest MLB free agency rumors link the Detroit Tigers to an All-Star catcher. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Just a few days removed from the World Series, the MLB offseason hit the ground running. 131 players officially became free agents on Sunday before a handful of stars joined the 2023 free agent class through various opt-out clauses.

MLB free agency opens on Thursday and that means the league's rumor mill has begun heating up. One of the teams involved in those rumors is the Detroit Tigers, who are reportedly in the market for an All-Star catcher.

MLB insider Jon Morosi reported the club is interested in Willson Contreras, a longtime Chicago Cub. He cites team president of baseball operations Scott Harris as a potential connection. Harris worked in Chicago's from office until 2019.

Contreras is the best catcher available in this year's free-agent class. Offensive production from the catcher position has become a rarity, outside of players like Contreras. The seven-year MLB veteran owns a career slash line of .256/.349/.459 while averaging 26 home runs and 81 RBIs across 162 games.

Time will tell if the Tigers can make a legitimate run as the elite backstop. Starting catcher Tucker Barnhart became a free agent over the weekend.

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