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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Trevor Plouffe
Position: Infielder/Outfielder
Age: 30
2016 Stat of Note: 91 wRC+

Another potential bench bat for the Detroit Tigers, Trevor Plouffe would be an interesting candidate to play a super-sub role.

The former Minnesota Twin has experience at all four infield positions, not to mention some brief playing time in the outfield corners.

Potential Fit with the Detroit Tigers

While most utility players are more glove-first options for managers, Plouffe would give Brad Ausmus a player capable of providing some pop at multiple positions.

Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the former first-round pick has averaged 64 RBI, 56 runs scored, 26 doubles, 17 home runs and two triples per year.

Plouffe isn’t the same as Romine in terms of being a strong defender at multiple positions. However, his defensive flexibility brings plenty of value to the table.

In terms of a potential role with the Tigers, the infielder could be an extremely valuable bench cog. Similar to Lind, he would be one of the first bats off the bench in a late-game scenario. What’s more, he could serve as the top backup to Nick Castellanos, Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Iglesias.

The veteran’s defensive versatility would also give Ausmus much more flexibility during games.

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