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Detroit Tigers: Why veteran free agent signings are essential this offseason

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 20: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during a MLB game at Comerica Park on August 20, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 20: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during a MLB game at Comerica Park on August 20, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 11: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 removes starting pitcher Myles Jaye #65 of the Detroit Tigers from the game during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

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Based on the Tigers’ on-field product in September, the incumbent roster simply isn’t going to cut it.

Detroit hitters ranked 29th in WAR, while the pitching staff checked in at 19th in WAR.

Of course, the results in September aren’t going to repeat themselves exactly next season.

Michael Fulmer and Miguel Cabrera will both be healthy, while younger players like Joe Jimenez, Candelario and Jairo Labourt will likely take steps forward.

Still, the Tigers need players to bridge the gap from their current roster to the 2019 team, which could feature the likes of Franklin Perez, Christin Stewart, Beau Burrows, Grayson Long, Sandy Baez, Dawel Lugo, Matt Hall and potentially Kyle Funkhouser.

That wave of prospects will be the first of many to make an impact with Detroit, and propel the team back to contention.

Until then, Detroit needs players to bridge that gap.

While another league-worst record might be useful in the long run, there’s impact talent to be found in the draft other than with the first-overall pick.

What’s more, if the Tigers want to turn things around relatively quickly, it would be helpful to try and be somewhat successful in terms of winning.

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