Detroit Tigers three most pressing offseason needs
The Detroit Tigers need added options in the starting rotation and in the bullpen even if the team largely stands pat and enter 2018 with plenty of holdovers.
Detroit’s needs up the middle are purely dependent on whether second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Jose Iglesias are traded.
According to Spotrac, Kinsler is making $11 million in 2018 before becoming a free agent. Per the same publication, Iglesias will also become a free agent after the season.
What’s more, MLBTradeRumors.com projects that Iglesias will earn $5.6 million next season through arbitration.
If the Tigers are looking to shed even more salary, moving the expiring contracts of both Kinsler and Iglesias is the best way to do it considering neither is a long-term piece.
Trades would in turn create a pair of starting vacancies in the middle of the infield.
Dixon Machado will be Iglesias’ eventual successor at shortstop, but the situation is less clear at second base in terms of a potential Kinsler replacement.
Kody Eaves or Dawel Lugo could conceivably step in, but it might be best not to rush either prospect.
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With a decidedly thin middle-infield portion of the free agent market, Detroit might be better off finding middle infielders in trades or on the waiver wire.