Detroit Tigers: Let’s talk about the base running in 2017
Upton has already been dealt while Iglesias and Kinsler could conceivably follow him out the exit in door in trades this offseason.
What’s more, Navarro and Adduci aren’t exactly hand-in-glove fits for a rebuild considering both are on the other side of 30 at 31 and 32 respectively.
As it stands, the Tigers don’t exactly have any speed merchants ready to step into the Major League roster.
Derek Hill, Jose King, Jose Azocar, Jacob Robson and Daz Cameron are among the organization’s fastest players, but none are close to being ready for the Majors.
More of Mahtook and of Jones will help, but Detroit’s best bet of improving somewhat on the base paths next season may be via the free agent market.
If the team opts for veteran stop gaps to man the positions until the prospects are ready, the Tigers could find some quality base runners via that route.
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These include outfielders Jarrod Dyson, Maybin, Ben Revere and old friend Rajai Davis, who ranked 12th, 24th, 25th and 33rd respectively in BsR among Major League players last season.