After a lengthy rebuild, the Detroit Tigers are still attempting to turn their organization into an annual contender. Their plethora of young talent has shown some flashes, but they will need to take a step up if they want to get over that hump in 2023.
Tigers Sign Cesar Hernandez
On Wednesday, Detroit decided to bring in a veteran presence at a crucial position, and a former Gold Glove winner at that. The Tigers signed second baseman Cesar Hernandez to a minor-league deal, which comes along with an invitation to Spring Training and the chance to make the MLB roster.
If Hernandez succeeds, then his contract value will bump up to $1.5 million plus incentives.
The 32-year-old infielder could turn into a valuable depth piece for Detroit if he sticks given his blend of skills, which includes some pop, speed, defense and on-base ability.
Hernandez spent 2022 with the lowly Washington Nationals but did appear in 147 games, so he's also durable. While he only managed 1 home run and slumped to .248/.311/.318, perhaps a return to the AL Central -- where he enjoyed much success in 2020 and 2021 -- will help him bounce back.
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