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Detroit Tigers: Three More Potential Free Agent Fits

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Jul 12, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) makes the play during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. The Twins won 7-1 over the Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) makes the play during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. The Twins won 7-1 over the Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Adam Lind (26) receives congratulations from teammates after he hits a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Adam Lind
Position: First Baseman/Designated Hitter
Age: 33
2016 Stat of Note: .192 ISO

The Detroit Tigers don’t exactly need a starting first baseman or designated hitter, but Adam Lind could provide decent value as a bench bat.

In 126 games with the Seattle Mariners, Lind didn’t exactly light the world on fire in some statistical categories.

All told, he batted .239 with a .286 on-base percentage during his time in the Pacific Northwest. The slugger also added 58 RBI, 48 runs scored, 20 home runs and 17 doubles.

This represented a significant drop off for the former Brewer, who hit .291 with a .364 on-base percentage in his previous three seasons.

However, despite the down year, there’s still plenty to like about Lind as a bench bat.

As a Mariner, the veteran still turned in a 92 wRC+ and a .192 ISO that represented the fourth-highest mark of his career.

Potential Fit with the Detroit Tigers

Despite adding Alex Avila, the Tigers could still use some pop off the bench.

Currently, Tyler Collins and Steven Moya represent the team’s best pinch-hitting options. While both players have solid potential, they have yet to put it all together at the Major League level.

Lind could serve as the team’s primary pinch hitter as well as an occasional option at first base and designated hitter. This would allow Detroit to keep Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez more fresh over the course of the season.

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