Detroit Tigers free agency primer: Examining the first base market
More likely, or at least conceivable, scenarios
It obviously remains to be seen if the Detroit Tigers are able to sign any of the following players.
However, if the team can snag any of the following players on one-year deals, it would be a win for the franchise.
2017 team: Boston Red Sox
2017 stat of note: +10 DRS
After years in Texas, Moreland spent 2017 with the Boston Red Sox. Similar to Holliday, he helped his new team to the postseason on a one-year deal.
Moreland is essentially Navarro with a more productive bat.
The ex-Ranger was responsible for a +10 DRS and a 5.8 UZR/150. He also tacked on a .769 OPS, 23 home runs, a .197 ISO, a 98 wRC+ and a 0.9 WAR in 576 plate appearances.
At 32, Moreland probably isn’t a long-term piece, but Moreland could save the team some runs at first base while adding some pop to the lineup.
2017 team: Tampa Bay Rays
2017 stat of note: 130 wRC+
Morrison helped boost his free agent stock significantly with a monster 2017 campaign at the plate.
The first baseman mashed 38 home runs and turned in a .270 ISO that finished tied with Charlie Blackmon for 10th-highest nark in the league.
What’s more, the ex-Mariner notched a 130 wRC+ and a .363 wOBA despite having his production hampered by a .268 BABIP.
He could provide significant value, especially if he’s able to replicate his power numbers on a one-year contract.
If Morrison’s BABIP numbers come up to around league average, he could prove to be a significant run-producer in the middle of Detroit’s lineup.
If that hypothetical scenario pans out, the Tigers should be able to flip him for a handsome return.