Detroit Tigers: Taking on contracts could provide useful in adding prospects

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 19: Brandon Moss #37 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the 3rd inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Brandon Moss

Similar to Hammel, Moss could be dealt to clear up some cash. That being said, he’s probably more expendable to the Royals.

Kansas City can plug in Jorge Soler or Jorge Bonifacio at designated hitter while using the other in left field.

Of course, Moss provides insurance should Hosmer depart, but he’s expendable if the first baseman sticks around.

According to Spotrac, Moss is set to make $7.25 million in 2018. He has a $10 million club option on his contract for the 2019 season before hitting free agency.

Moss is hitting just .210 with a .283 on-base percentage and an 87 wRC+ this year/

However, he’s also been impacted by a .248 BABIP, suggesting he’s better than his on-base numbers would indicate.

What’s more, the veteran has mashed 22 home runs to go along with a .231 ISO in 385 plate appearances.

How he’d fit in Detroit

Defensively, he’d give the Detroit Tigers some much-needed versatility as the team embarks on a rebuild.

Able to play first base and the corner outfield spots, Moss would provide a significant boost.

This would be especially true if Detroit moves on from Victor Martinez in the offseason.

If Martinez departs, Moss could see time at first base. This would give Miguel Cabrera more games at designated hitter.

What’s more, he could also spend time in the outfield corners as either a place holder for, or in a platoon with, Christin Stewart or Mike Gerber.

Also like Hammel, Moss too could develop into a trade chip down the line.