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The Tigers Need to Steal This Fee Agent Away From the White Sox

Devon Platana
The Detroit Tigers should steal this free agent away from the Chicago White Sox.
The Detroit Tigers should steal this free agent away from the Chicago White Sox. / AP Foto/José Juárez

The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox have been division rivals ever since the Tigers joined the AL Central in 1998. Since then, not only has the rivalry heated up on the field but it's extended into free agency as well, stealing players from each other such as Magglio Ordonez and Alex Avila.

It's time again for the Tigers to steal a free agent away from the White Sox. Not only does Chicago have several players worth stealing, but taking one away would hurt the White Sox while improving the Tigers in the process.

After all, it'd be a win-win scenario for A.J. Hinch's club.

Detroit Tigers Free Agency

The one player that the Tigers should steal from the White Sox is veteran outfielder AJ Pollock. Detroit didn't get much offense from its outfield last season as the trio of Riley Greene, Akil Baddoo and Victor Reyes only put up 10 home runs and 85 RBIs between them.

Bringing in Pollock would easily improve the situation. Though he's no longer an All-Star talent, the 34-year-old is still a solid contributor, racking up at least 14 home runs every season since 2017. He also drove in 56 runs over 138 games last season, which ended up being the fourth-best total of his 11-year MLB career.

Something else that Pollock brings to the table is health. Greene, Baddoo and Reyes each played 93 or fewer games in 2022, whereas Pollock suited up in 138. The former 2009 first-rounder has also played at least 112 games in four of the last five full-length seasons, further highlighting his ability to be available more often than not.

At the end of the day, the Tigers' outfield desperately needs a veteran presence to take some pressure off the youngsters. Pollock is the perfect man for the job and could be one of the needed ingredients to get Detroit back to being an over-.500 club.

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